His 177 short contracts at Kronenbourg will not be requalified as permanent contracts

The court has decided. A former employee of the Kronenbourg brewery in Obernai (Bas-Rhin), who had accumulated 177 short contracts in nearly 30 years and denounced before the prud’hommes discrimination in hiring because of his North African origins, was dismissed this Tuesday, February 1, we learned from the court and his lawyer.

The plaintiff, Rabah Mekaoui, 62, “has been denied all of his claims,” ​​the Saverne industrial tribunal told AFP, without further comment. The advisers considered that “I brought no proof” of discrimination in hiring, specified Nicole Radius, the lawyer of this sexagenarian, father of four children, whose case had been widely publicized.

The court also considered that, insofar as “Kronenbourg has a seasonal activity, it has the right to use fixed-term contracts and interims as it sees fit”, added the lawyer, announcing that she was going to appeal. . Asked by AFP, Kronenbourg did not react immediately.

Kronenbourg accused of discrimination in hiring

Nicole Radius had pleaded for the requalification in CDI of the “161 interim missions and 16 CDD” that her client had accumulated between 1992 and 2019, mainly in the “barrel” workshop of the famous brewery of the Carlsberg group. According to the lawyer, the refusal to hire him on a permanent contract amounted to discrimination in hiring because, of the more than 270 workers hired on a permanent contract between 2012 and 2019, “none had a North African-sounding name”.

The employee’s lawyer claimed 200,000 euros in damages, including 53,000 for unfair dismissal and 39,800 for discrimination in hiring. According to her, in 2013, Rabah Mekaoui had asked to be hired on a permanent contract but had been refused by Kronenbourg. In 2019, the lawyer had requested the reclassification of her client’s short contracts as permanent contracts, again in vain. The brewery then stopped giving him contracts, according to the lawyer.

Now retired after two years of unemployment, Rabah Mekaoui, who “has kept a low profile for 30 years”, receives a pension much lower than that which he could claim if he had been on a permanent contract, underlined Nicole Radius, according to which his client also suffered during his career at the brewery remarks “bordering on racism” from certain colleagues.


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