French Employment law - Sexist and sexual remarks against an executive secretary = sexual harassment = void dismissal (c. cass. March 6th, 2024, no. 22-22.436) – asset management sector


Inappropriate, rude and sexist comments made by Mr. Z towards Mrs. targeting remarks with a more sexual connotation in February 2019 “Was it hot this weekend? What's new on the sexual front? Nail polish I'm sure it's sexual. It's not okay, do you want a hug? Hi Miss G point are you wearing a thong today? ".

The testimony of another employee Ms. W who reports having witnessed inappropriate and sexual remarks from Mr. Z towards Ms. arms” or that in general he makes inappropriate remarks towards women using the women’s toilet without embarrassment or who asked him after a business meeting “if she had slept”.

Sexist or even sexual remarks corroborated by a certificate from an employee in dispute with the company constitute sexual and moral harassment.

The employee obtains 5,000 euros in damages for sexual and moral harassment, the cancellation of a warning and the judicial termination of her employment contract with all termination compensation for void dismissal (notice, compensation for void dismissal) .

This is what the Paris Court of Appeal (Pole 6 Chamber 11) ruled in a judgment of September 6, 2022.

The company appealed to the Court of Cassation.

In a decision  dated March 6th, 2024 (no. 22-22.436), the Court of Cassation rejected the Company's appeal.


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Source :

c. cass. 6 mars 2024 n° 22-22.436

Propos sexistes et sexuels contre une salariée = harcèlement sexuel = licenciement nul.

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Frédéric CHHUM avocat et ancien membre du conseil de l’ordre des avocats de Paris (mandat 2019-2021)

CHHUM AVOCATS (Paris, Nantes, Lille)


.Paris: 34 rue Petrelle 75009 Paris tel: 0142560300

.Nantes: 41, Quai de la Fosse 44000 Nantes tel: 0228442644

.Lille: : 45, Rue Saint Etienne 59000 Lille – Ligne directe +(33)


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