Euro Disney targeted in French racism complaint

5th November 2009, Comments 0 comments

A French court official was sent to the Euro Disney amusement park outside Paris on Wednesday to seize employee files as part of a probe launched following a discrimination complaint.

PARIS - Euro Disney management said a bailiff had visited its site in Marne-la-Vallee and that it would comment on the case later in the day.

The action followed a court decision last month to investigate a complaint lodged by the anti-racism group SOS Racisme, which accused Euro Disney of using racial profiling in its hiring practices.

The group cited accounts from employees of Euro Disney supplier Adecco-Restauration who said they were classified as African, north African, Caribbean or European, meaning white.

"Most of Disney's clientele is European which means that employed cast members must be mostly European," said SOS Racisme in a report released Wednesday. Staff at the Euro Disney site are required to wear costumes.

SOS Racisme said work applicants were asked to specify on Euro Disney's employment forms which region of France they may hail from such as Guadeloupe or Martinique, whose populations are mostly black and mulatto.

The organisation presented its report to Patrick Karam, who is President Nicolas Sarkozy's representative for equal opportunites for French citizens from overseas departments.

French law bars companies or the government from collecting racial data on citizens, even if the aim is to combat discrimination.


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