In a David versus Goliath legal battle, a former BNP Paribas employee took his former employer to court and won.
I first learned of this case in the summer of 2014. In addition to the corporate compliance aspect of matter, I wrote about broader issues related to Europe’s culture in decline, especially the continent’s increasing intolerance toward Jewish minority groups.
Two years later, Jean-Marc Orlando and his legal team scored a big win. According to the New York Jewish Week newspaper:
[a] settlement was reached after Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Andrew Peck ruled that the employee, Jean-Marc Orlando, 47, of Scarsdale, could go forward with his New York State Human Rights Law claim. He said Orlando had “presented sufficient evidence to allow a reasonable jury to conclude that he was subjected to a hostile work environment because of the two showings of the Hitler video ….”
European anti-Semitism, and its variants, are ugly political cancers. In an increasingly secularized Europe, all people of faith must deal with some form of it. It must be dealt with or it will only lead to more societal problems.
For Mr. Orlando, his wife, and children, it’s an important win. Among other things, it shows that you can stand up for what you believe in and win. At least in this country.
You can read the entire New York Jewish Week story here. The Times of Israel also posted a story. Other BNP-related stories on this site are available here (about this case), here, and here (economic sanctions).