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Null and Void Termination. Freedom of Speech.

Null and Void Termination. Freedom of Speech.

JUL 3, 2022

Null and void termination of a screenwriter of the Spanish National TV for having included the following lower third: “Leonor leaves Spain, like her grandfather”. Company breached employee’s freedom of speech because the latter did not go beyond his right because i) the lower third was not offensive to the Princess (although it was inappropriate and rude), ii) it was published during a talk-show involving celebrities (not in the news, which are more serious), iii) the employment contract does not prevent employees from using their freedom of speech, and iv) there was a chyron that clarified the lower third. The termination is disproportional because a) the employee was not even a journalist, b) he only worked for 5 months, c) he had no supervisors, d) it was the first time he was being reprimanded, and e) he did not receive any training to this regard. Company is also sentenced to pay the employee EUR 10,000 in damages for the fundamental right breach. Appellate Court of Madrid – June 17, 2022

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ELLINT in Milan

ELLINT in Milan

MAY 17, 2022

After almost 2 years working with the employment + labor lawyers of ELLINT we finally got to meet in person in Italy! Our Italian colleagues of LEXELLENT welcomed us in the city of Milan, where we had the first on-site meeting to discuss the future of ELLINT.

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Earned BONUS

Earned BONUS

MAY 9, 2022

Linking the payment of an earned bonus to the fact that the employee shall remain in the company at the time of the payment is null and void if such condition was not part of the objectives to be achieved in order to earn the bonus because, otherwise, it would be an unjust enrichment of the company because it is not paying an already earned bonus. Spanish Supreme Court 4/5/22.

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Spring Meeting of the NYSBA

Spring Meeting of the NYSBA

MAY 2, 2022

Our colleagues Sheila and Almudena attended the Spring Meeting of the International Section of the NYSBA last week in Madrid. Two days of conferences and networking events to strengthen relations with attorneys of the New York Bar.

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Trade Union sentenced to pay EUR 3,000

Trade Union sentenced to pay EUR 3,000

JAN 10, 2022

A trade union offering a hotel voucher of EUR 100 as a “souvenir” of the election day to its participating members constitutes a breach of the freedom of association of the other trade unions because the trade union in question was indirectly asking to vote in favor of its members “in exchange of this voucher” (an action prohibited in the general elections in Spain). The trade union was sentenced to pay the other trade union damages in the amount of EUR 3,000 (instead of the claimed EUR 25,000) because out of the 15,000 members only 200 got the voucher and the results of the election were similar to those in previous years, so the breach did not have a serious impact on the result. Spanish SCJ Nov 10, 2021.

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