Rana pasta factory condemned for homophobic insults
The Supreme Court: "Concrete and serious prejudice to the dignity of the worker"
The story refers to more than 15 years ago and has been dragged for years into courtrooms. But now the Supreme Court in Rome has put the final point. Giving publicly and repeatedly the "finocchio" ("fagot", namely whussy) has caused "concrete and serious prejudice to the dignity of the worker, in the workplace, to his honor and his reputation". This is the thesis with which the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of the Verona based Pastificio Rana, led by the CEO Gian Luca Rana, son of the founder Giovanni Rana, against the sentence, before the Court of Verona and then the Court of Appeal of Venice, which had condemned the Pastificio Rana Spa as an employer to compensate a former company manager.
No personal conviction, neither civil nor penal, for Gian Luca Rana. In fact, the Pastificio Rana has always denied and continues to deny that its CEO Gian Luca Rana has ever addressed homophobic appellations to his former manager. But according to the judges, between 2001 and 2007 Rana pronounced "repeated offenses" on the presumed homosexuality of the manager, who was systematically addressed with the term "fennel", as witnessed by some colleagues. After the end of the employment relationship, the manager complained about a "state of anxiety and stress" and "prejudice to relationship life and dignity".
Instead, the defense claimed that the words were only "an expression of a playful atmosphere in the workplace" and that the manager's failure to respond to the epithet was "a reflection of the irrelevance and inoffensiveness of the employer's conduct".
In a note from the pasta factory, it is specified that the order of the Court of Cassation "is based only on presumptions inferred from the testimony of two other ex-executives who have escaped from the company, parties to previous disputes with the Pastificio". All the pasta factory Rana and in particular Gian Luca Rana say "deeply regretted by the exploitation of an event" that "has nothing to do with the theme of discrimination and sexual orientation". "The Pastificio, with its 3200 employees in 52 countries worldwide, is a positive example of enhancing the uniqueness of people - concludes the note - and considers the heterogeneity an essential form of cultural growth for the entire company".
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