The highest court in France’s judicial system has ruled that a man who did not align with his employer’s “fun” value was wrongfully dismissed.
The person, known only as ‘Mr. T’, said he was fired after refusing to take part in company seminars and weekend events. His lawyers said these activities involved excessive drinking, promiscuity, and bullying.
In March 2015, Mr. T was fired for ‘professional incompetence’ at a consultancy firm. The company claimed this was due to stubbornness, poor listening, and a “demotivating tone towards his subordinates”.
Mr. T claimed the work events involved humiliating and intrusive actions, such as mock sexual acts and being forced to share a bed with another employee.
He began court proceedings against the company and a verdict was delivered in March last year, which Mr. T appealed.
The Court found that Mr. T was entitled to exercise a “freedom of expression” and was legally entitled to forego these events.
It also stated that Mr. T “could not be blamed for his failure to integrate the ‘fun and professional’ value of the company”.