Because she refused to take off her veil to work, Fatima, an employee of the Baby Loup nursery was dismissed for misconduct in 2008. Following this, she attacked the association for unfair dismissal and claims 80 000 euros damages. A hot file examined yesterday by the labor courts of Mantes-la-Jolie. (News of 09/11/10)
Founded in 1992, the Baby Loup crèche is unique in France: open 7 days a week and 24 hours a day, it meets the needs of single mothers who have staggered hours and helps emancipation of women through professional integration . An associative structure in full torment: following the complaint of a former employee who wanted to work veiled, she was yesterday before the labor courts of Mantes-la-Jolie.
Licensed for serious misconduct
- In December 2008after two parental leaves, Fatima, who has been working in the crèche for more than 10 years, and who has benefited from the integration program, is now back to work but now requires wearing the veil. Impossible, the director of the school replies, invoking the rules of procedure "obligation to respect a denominational, philosophical and political neutrality." After several months of conflict, Fatima is dismissed for serious misconduct.It decides to bring the case before the Courts and alert the Halde, which gives him reason.
- The former employee claims 80,000 euros damages, a sum far too heavy for the nursery which, if it were condemned, would be obliged to close its doors.
Elisabeth Badinter supports Baby Wolf
- While the court judgment will not be known before the next weeks, voices are heard to support the crèche: Elisabeth Badinter, godmother of the association raised against this possible conviction and Jeannette Bougrab, new president of Halde disavowed the decision of her predecessor and promised to open the file again.
- Manuel VallsPS and mayor of Evry, meanwhile, has come up with the idea of a bill prohibiting "the wearing of distinctive religious symbols where there are children".
In November 2009, Baby Loup nursery received the Women's Outstanding Women's Outstanding Award.