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Maric & Co Successful for Former Employees of Aluminij d.d. Mostar in Ethnic Discrimination Case

Maric & Co Successful for Former Employees of Aluminij d.d. Mostar in Ethnic Discrimination Case

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The Maric & Co Law Firm has represented former employees of Aluminij d.d. Mostar in an ethnic discrimination case against the company and the Government of the Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Aluminij d.d. Mostar is a Bosnian aluminum manufacturing company headquartered in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2017 it reported revenues of EUR 249.41 million and its total exports amounted to EUR 171 million, making it the third-largest exporter in the country. It is 44% owned by the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the Government of Croatia owning another 12%. As a result of mounting debts, primarily to power supplier Elektroprivreda HZ HB, the company's power supply was terminated, and in July 2019 it was decided that Aluminij would enter bankruptcy proceedings. It has also faced allegations, that, as reported by Amnesty International, during the civil war of 2002-2005, the company "...pursued a policy of ethnic discrimination, the effects of which continue to be felt, and elements of which continue to be practiced" leading the company to "...become a company with an overwhelmingly ethnic Croat workforce."

According to Maric & Co., the firm's success in the meant "the employees were entitled to total damage compensation in the amount of approximately BAM 1 million." The firm's team was led by Partner Ezmana Turkovic.

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