In cooperation with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, we represented Grażyna Bochenek, former editor at Polish Radio Rzeszów, in proceedings before the Rzeszów Court of Appeal concerning mobbing and her removal from a live radio show for broadcasting a critical statement by a listener about the President of Poland. The district court partially upheld her suit, finding discrimination and infringement of the plaintiff’s personal interests. As a result of an appeal filed by our firm, the regional court found that her claim for additional compensation for mobbing was also warranted. The court also ordered the CEO of Polish Radio Rzeszów to publish apologies on the website of the Rzeszów edition of Gazeta Wyborcza and on the news sites wirtualnemedia.pl and nowiny24.pl. The judgment is legally final.
We represent a former employee of the Rzeszów branch of Polish Radio in a dispute alleging discrimination by her employer and appealing against her dismissal. After airing an unfavourable comment by a listener on President Andrzej Duda, the journalist was removed from a live radio show. Immediately after the event, a number of measures were taken against the journalist, including refusal to approve her request to conduct classes at a college or attend a professional conference. Her health suffered due to these actions and her salary was significantly reduced. Ultimately her employment was terminated on disciplinary grounds. We are pursuing the case as part of the Article 32 programme of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, which is aimed at combatting discrimination and promoting principles of equal treatment.
Also in cooperation with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, we represented three journalists from a Polish public radio station in court proceedings challenging their disciplinary termination. The fired journalists were legally protected trade union activists. They were fired when, to support journalists from Polish Radio 3 removed from the air, they became involved in the social media campaign on silenced journalists, #kogoniesłychać. The cases were conducted as part of the foundation’s Free Media Observatory programme, devoted to monitoring the protection of freedom of expression in Poland and instances of infringement.