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BNP to Pay Banker Fired Years After Sexual Harassment Claim

  • BNP only issued warning at time; axed him after news article
  • Banker wins $327,000; couldn’t be punished twice on same facts
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BNP Paribas SA must pay a senior banker it fired following a newspaper report he’d demanded sexual favors from a female colleague, a half a decade after the French bank let him off with just a warning and then promoted him.

The u-turn to dismiss Aurelien Gressier at the height of the Me Too movement in 2017 came too late and violated French disciplinary rules, the Paris court of appeals said in a judgment last month. Five years earlier, the bank only issued him a warning him when a female colleague complained.