Frenchman wins the ‘legal right to be boring at work’ after legal battle

Frenchman wins the ‘legal right to be boring at work’ after being mocked by his colleagues for not wanting to head out to the pub after clocking off

  • A Frenchman has won £2,574 after being fired for not being ‘fun’ enough at work
  • The company decided to fire him in 2015 after accusing him of being boring
  • The firm asked employees to share beds and consume large amounts of alcohol
  • But the Paris’ Court of Cassation decided the man had a right not to party

A Frenchman has won the legal right to be boring at work, after a court in Paris ruled his employer was wrong to fire him for not going out with colleagues enough.

Cubik Partners, a management consultancy, says it uses a ‘fun’ approach to its team building — encouraging staff to head straight to the pub after work.

But Mr T, whose real name was not disclosed, didn’t want to take part in the team-building exercises.

He said he was entitled to ‘critical behaviour and to refuse company policy based on incitement to partake in various excesses’.

The company decided to fire him in 2015 for ‘professional inadequacy’, accusing the employee of being boring, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Cubik Partners also argued that Mr T was a poor listener and difficult to work with.

A Frenchman has won the right to be boring at work, after a court in Paris ruled his employer was wrong to fire him for not being fun enough. The management consultancy, says it uses a 'fun' approach to its team building

A Frenchman has won the right to be boring at work, after a court in Paris ruled his employer was wrong to fire him for not being fun enough. The management consultancy, says it uses a ‘fun’ approach to its team building

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.

The ‘fun’ events sometimes included sharing a bed with colleagues alongside the excessive drinking.

Cubik Partners, a Parisian management consultancy and training company that promises to 'make management more humanist again while durably improving performance', fired the employee in 2015 and accused him of being boring. The firm's office is pictured

Cubik Partners, a Parisian management consultancy and training company that promises to ‘make management more humanist again while durably improving performance’, fired the employee in 2015 and accused him of being boring. The firm’s office is pictured

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.

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