France -Railway workers win court case -September 17, 2015

The national rail operator SNCF has been found guilty of systematically discriminating against some 800 Moroccan railway workers, and ordered to pay out massive damages of around €150 million. The Moroccan workers were hired as private contract workers in the 1970s and denied the status of ‘railway worker’ which comes with several benefits in terms of job security, retirement and working hours. According to the ruling by an industrial court, which specializes in workplace conflicts, the SNCF was found guilty of ‘discrimination in the execution of work contracts’ and ‘in the rights to retirement.’

English: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/21/french-rail-sncf-guilty-discriminating …     

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