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In a landmark court decision, Hildegard Superina from Rijeka (Primorje-Gorski Kotar county) has been awarded 4,000 Euros in what is believed to be one of the first workplace harassment cases to be brought before the courts in Croatia.
Superina, who was employed as the Head of Planning and Analysis at the Rijeka office of the Croatian Power Board (HEP) was according to court papers, subjected to abuse about her sex and ethnicity by Director Damir Lucic, which forced her to eventually resign from her job, reports daily newspaper Novi list.
"For the last 12 years I went to work with cramps in my stomach," said Superina. The court was told how Lucic had used derogatory terms about Superina such as "Italian whore and Italian little tart" over a period of time and at times in front of witnesses. Lucic no longer works at HEP.
Superina says that she is happy with the judgment, especially because this is a precedent in the Croatian judiciary system. "I am satisfied because I am strongly opposed to violence and I say no to harassment. It is shameful and unacceptable that in HEP, a state owned enterprise, nationalism flourishes, verbal harassment goes on and is tolerated," added Superina.
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