Blogger Wins Compensation
Here's a story of a British secretary in Paris who was sacked for blogging on the job.
She won a compensation claim case against the Paris office of British accounting firm Dixon Wilson.
AFP has the story:
Catherine Sanderson, 34, had been blogging under the pseudonym of "La Petite Anglaise" and had built up a sizeable international following with many people reading her diary-style accounts about work, relationships and the travails of single-motherhood.
On Thursday (March 29), a Paris labour tribunal, or "prud'hommes", ruled that the firm pay Catherine 44,000 euros (USD58,800), tantamount to a year's salary, following her dismissal last April for alleged misconduct.
"I'm so relieved that good sense has prevailed," Catherine told AFP on Friday.
The reasons behind the tribunal's decision in the case, one of the first of its kind in France, will be released in two weeks.
Catherine said managers had discovered from reading the blog that on two occasions she had lied about having nanny problems to take the afternoon off. They also objected to her using the computer in office hours to write the blog.
"I always felt that my dismissal was an unnecessarily harsh sanction and clearly the prud'hommes shared my view,"she said.
Dixon Wilson, which offers tax and financial advice to private clients in Britain and France, refused to comment on Friday. The company has a month to appeal.
If Catherine were in Malaysia, would her case reach the courts?
She lied to her bosses, and then told the truth in her blog. She had been blogging on company time. Got the sack, went to court for compensation, and won.
A point to note here is that managers in her company had been reading her blog. That's how they discovered that she had lied about her "nanny" excuse.
How do you like that?