by David Perrotin
Originally published: July 4, 2016
An executive employee in one of France’s leading financial institutions was harassed and discriminated against because he is gay, according to documents from an independent rights group provided to BuzzFeed France.
An investigation by the Defender of Rights, a French administrative body that operates independently, says BNP Paribas humiliated and discriminated against one of its senior employee because of his sexual orientation.
Nicola Rombi, who had been working in the corporate finance department at BNP since 2004, said that during his time at the bank — he said he was forced to accept a voluntary buyout in 2012 — his colleagues and his supervisor made “humiliating, degrading, and offensive” remarks against him.
“I am very angry and hurt by the execrable treatment you inflicted on me in recent years and especially in 2012,” he wrote in a letter addressed to BNP when he terminated his employment contract.