A checkout of a supermarket in Strasbourg was seen signifying its dismissal for serious misconduct. She had not scrupulously respected the house rules to make her two purchases. The mother of the family decided to enter the industrial tribunal.
After months of work on the front line against the coronavirus, a checkout from a supermarket in the Stockfeld district in Strasbourg has just received a letter of dismissal for serious misconduct. The reason ? She would have bought, on her break time last January, a baguette and a sweet potato, which would be prohibited by the internal regulations.
“I am criticized for having abandoned my post. Which is wrong”, explains Fouzia Dermoun. I have the supporting documents which prove, via the sales receipts, that I was indeed on a break during the purchase. I was amazed when I found out that I was fired from this“.
Several colleagues complain of a very bad atmosphere in the supermarket and of criminal penalties. One of them testifies but prefers to remain anonymous: “Taking a few classes on her break is common. The cash managers do it, the cash assistants too, everyone does it! In this case, everyone must be fired from the store.“
Supported by customers
The mother was on an interim basis between March and August 2020, then on CDD in September. She finally got a permanent contract in October. Her partner Taibi hopes she can regain her honor: “They just have to worry that it’s a mistake. I think they did things a little too quickly, without thinking. I would like to know what Monsieur Leclerc thinks of this box which, for a year, gave itself body and soul for this box“.
For several days, the case has reacted to customers who, all reported this young woman, like Issad Niouar, a former employee of the large distribution and living in the neighborhood: “She deserves our support. She is a woman who fought by being one of the people who ran the cash registers despite this crisis“.
Industrial tribunal proceedings
Fouzia Dermoun has decided to initiate industrial tribunal proceedings but, according to Wilson Martinez, CGT general secretary for commerce and services in Bas-Rhin, this no longer scares companies: “Today the Macron laws unfortunately succeed for patrons to have all this power. They are ready to pay, even if they are going to lose. What matters is that his employee will no longer be counted among the staff“.
The Leclerc group did not wish to answer our questions but affirmed “take note of the employee’s declarations” and say “have appointed an expert in labor law to clarify the fats “. The cashier would like to be reinstated in another store of the group. In the meantime, her dream of buying an apartment has vanished … with the CDI.
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