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On Wednesday, the Paris Court of Appeal rendered a rare decision in one of two disputes between the business firm and former employees, highlighted by “Liberation”. In addition to the conviction of Racine and its founder for harassment, the judgment questions the regularity of the procedures instructed by the bar association.
It is a striking decision which will not fail to be interpreted as a strong signal in the legal profession. On Wednesday, the thirteenth civil chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal issued a first judgment in the “business” of the Racine cabinet, a business giant in the Paris market – 50 million euros in turnover in 2020 . In June, Release had devoted an investigation to the proceedings brought against the firm by Matthieu Bourdeaut and Fabien Courvoisier, two former Racine employees, who for almost ten years have denounced extremely brutal management methods and a dubious contractual system.
“Ten years of resistance”
For the moment, the Court of Appeal has only ruled on the case of Matthieu Bourdeaut. But the decision, twenty-four pages long, and which Release was able to consult, will be a milestone in more ways than one. “It punctuates ten years of resistance from my client and takes on an extraordinary character”, enthuses Cédric Robert, adviser to Matthieu Bourdeaut. First, the Racine firm as well as its founder and historical pillar, Bruno Cavalié, are condemned for moral harassment, with in particular 50,000 euros to be paid…