French Court Rules That Ski Instructors Were Discriminated Against Because They Were Too Old

French Court Rules That Ski Instructors Were Discriminated Against Because They Were Too Old

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French Court Rules That Ski Instructors Were Discriminated Against Because They Were Too Old

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A group of French ski instructors has won a case that claimed that they had been discriminated against because of their age. They claimed younger instructors received work ahead of them.

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Ski Instructors Not Too Old At 62

A group of ski instructors, all aged over 62, have won €10,000 in damages from their union for discrimination – for banning them from working.

The 20 instructors had complained to the Tribunal de Grande Instance in Grenoble that the Syndicat National des Moniteurs du Ski Français wanted them to reduce their hours so that younger instructors could be taken on.

Judges said that the union’s “pacte intergénérationnel” was “age-based discrimination” and ruled it illegal. It ordered the union to pay each instructor €500 in damages.

However, this may not be the end of the matter as the instructors could yet ask the court for compensation for lost earnings as they have worked less this winter – and the union could appeal to the Défenseur des Droits to overturn the decision.

The SNMSF says that the decision leaves their profession in an impasse as “ski instructors have no age limit for working; “from this day on the Ecoles du Ski Français will be totally frozen, instructors wanting to stay in work can work as long as they want”.  Keep reading at  connexionfrance.com

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