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Belgium — SOS Racisme sues Adecco for 150,000 Euro

07 September 2009

The French anti-racist organisation SOS Racisme is suing the specialist temporary employment agency Adecco before the Civil Court of Brussels for 150,000 Euro on account of racist practices in temporary employment, Agence France Press reports.

SOS Racisme has already tried to sue Adecco Belgium because members of their staff have posted job vacancies between 2000 and 2001 with the mention of 'BBB', which refers to the famous White, Blue and quintessentially Belgian race of cattle, i.e. no foreigners, no Arabs.

However, the Belgian Court decided in June on a technicality that Adecco could not be prosecuted: The accusation by SOS Racisme had been made in French whilst Adecco's head office in Belgium is based in the Flemish speaking part of the country.

SOS Racisme have decided to sue again with the support of the French Socialist Union (FGTB). The first hearing will be held on 16 September 2009.

Adecco's lawyers have stated that racist practices have been stopped and that they were never part of the company's policy but merely the behaviour of 'certain employees in the Brussels agency who were acting on the wishes of their clients.'

The French High Court has recently condemned Adecco, Garnier and Ajilon for racist practices in France, whereby job advertisements for sales assistants of beauty company Garnier (part of L'Oreal) were published with the mention of 'BBR', which refers to the colours of the French national flag.



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