It seems the woman sacked for things she said on her blog ‘La Petite Anglaise‘ has won her case for unfair dismissal against accountants Dixon Wilson. Catherine Sanderson, a 33-year-old British expat, used her anonymous blog to write on her life as a single mother in Paris.
Whilst she never named her employers in a blog, her blog did contain a photo, which also appeared in newspaper articles on her blog, and as I commented, when this case originally broke, acknowledged lying about absences from work
Dixon Wilson claimed that because they could identify her that she risked damaging the company’s reputation, and that wasting work time to blog, as well as proof that she had lied to get time off etc meant they were right to sack her.
The Paris Work Tribunal did not agree, dismissing the case for sacking, saying it was a decision “without real and serious causes”. Dixon Wilson have been ordered to say her a years salary and pay costs (€44,000 in compensation plus €500 in legal fees). Sanderson has, of course, now got a book deal.
In her own words:
“I won. A year’s salary, plus costs. I will only get this compensation if my ex-employer does not lodge an appeal (they will have one month in which to do so once the written version of the decision is published in about a fortnight’s time). But right now, the principle is enough for me. Round one to petite anglaise!”