After a Parisian court found that his employer was incorrect to terminate him for not going out or spending enough time with coworkers, a Frenchman has gained the legal right to be dull at work.
A management consulting firm, Cubik Partners, claims it utilises a “fun” approach to team-building and encourages employees to go out to the bar after work.
He claimed that because of the inducement to engage in various excesses, he had the right to “critical behaviour and to oppose company policy.”
According to The Daily Telegraph, the employer chose to terminate him in 2015 due to his “professional inadequacies” and said that he was uninteresting.
Cubik Partners also argued that Mr. T was a poor listener and difficult to work with.
But in a ruling made last week and revealed Thursday, Paris’ Court of Cassation decided the man had a right to refuse to party — ordering Cubik Partners to pay out £2,574 to the former employee.
The company wasn’t allowed to make him ‘forcibly participate in seminars and end-of-week drinks frequently ending up in excessive alcohol intake, encouraged by associates who made very large quantities of alcohol available’, the court said.
He had a fundamental right to dignity and respect of private life, said the court, adding that the employee was expressing his freedom of expression by not taking part.
The court went further, adding that the company engaged in ‘humiliating and intrusive practices regarding privacy such as simulated sexual acts, the obligation to share a bed with a colleague during seminars, the use of nicknames to designate people and hanging up deformed and made-up photos in offices’.
Mr T has demanded another £395,630 in damages, which the court is set to examine in a follow-up hearing.