From The Times today:
Lâ€™OrÃ©al, the French cosmetics giant, whose advertising campaigns proclaim â€œbecause youâ€™re worth itâ€, was found guilty of racial discrimination for considering black, Arab and Asian women unworthy of selling its shampoo. Franceâ€™s highest court was told that the group had sought an all-white team of sales staff to promote Fructis Style, a haircare product made by Garnier, Lâ€™OrÃ©alâ€™s beauty division.
The court ruled that Adecco, the temporary recruitment agency whose Districom division hired the hostesses, was also guilty of racial discrimination. The Paris Appeal Court had fined both Lâ€™OrÃ©al and Adecco â‚¬30,000 (Â£25,500) and ordered them to pay a further â‚¬30,000 each in damages to SOS Racisme, the anti-racist campaign group, which brought the case. The court upheld the fines but told the appeal court judges to reconsider the damages.
Well done to the anti-racist organisation that brought forward the case.
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