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French cleaner fired over porn wins in court

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French cleaner fired over porn wins in court
A cleaning lady at a French secondary school on Tuesday won a court battle against her former employers, who fired her after finding her pornographic blog. File photo: Stephanie Carter
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A cleaning lady at a French secondary school on Tuesday won a court battle against her former employers, who fired her after sexually explicit pictures from her pornographic blog were distributed between students at the school.

Isabelle Cordeiro, by day a cleaning lady at a secondary school in the town of Romans, has won a court battle with her former employer after they fired her for having a particularly uncommon after-school hobby.

Cordeiro was sacked for having a pornographic blog, containing erotic and graphic photos of herself, regional newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré reported on Tuesday.

The website, which is in theory restricted to adults over the age of 18, is called “La Loupette” and features sexually-explicit photos, videos and audio recordings of the middle-aged Cordeiro.

In 2011, some of that content was distributed between pupils at the Lycée Albert-Triboulet in the town of Romans-sur-Isère near the French Alps, where Cordeiro worked as a cleaning lady.

The school’s management suspended her but – feeling her right to a private life has been summarily violated – Cordeiro initiated legal proceedings against the Rhône-Alpes region, which runs the public school and was technically her employer.

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On Tuesday, the administrative tribunal in Grenoble vindicated Cordeiro entirely, ruling that she wasn’t to blame for any purported damage done by her secret life as a self-described “MILF”.

“These pornographic images were distributed anonymously by students or school staff, without the knowledge of [Cordeiro],” said the court.

“Therefore, the trouble this caused [the school] cannot be blamed on her,” added the tribunal, ordering Cordeiro’s former employer to pay her €1,000 in damages.

The Rhône-Alpes region is appealing the decision.

Tuesday’s verdict, however, could set a notable precedent for a separate though almost identical case being brought by the former cleaning lady against, once again, the Rhône-Alpes region.

Cordeiro was fired from the Lycée des Trois Source in Bourg-lès-Valence, in the Drôme department, earlier this year after, once again, sexually explicit photographs from the La Loupette website were circulated at the school.

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