As always we cap off with a case involving the absurd or bizarre. This month we bring news of a French case that has a connection to those of us who decline to attend the Christmas party or other after hours events. In T v Cubik Partners, T was dismissed for being professionally insufficient after being held to be difficult to work with after declining invites to attend work events including team building activities and social events involving alcohol.

The court heard that the events often involved excessive drinking, promiscuity and bullying. Whilst this may have caused T to not integrate in the business it was not a ground for dismissal. Whilst not necessarily binding on English law it is interesting to know that dismissal claims could now have the boring defence in addition to the bastard’s defence for discrimination claims!