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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.

Maric & Co at a Glance

Maric & Co Law Firm stands on the shoulders of more than 70 years of experience and practice in the legal market of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having in mind that it is difficult to find a small country with such a complicated political and legal system, we are fully aware that quality advice requires deep understanding of different areas of law. In a country where legislation is created on state, entity and cantonal levels, without proper harmonization, and where the same regulation can be applied differently by two different courts, only domestic lawyers who are well-versed in local regulations and court practices, and who are highly specialized in their practice area, may actually help their client.

With this understanding, today, the firm Maric and Co is the largest law office in the country dealing exclusively with business law. This means that we provide wide expertise in resolving all issues that domestic and international investors encounter when setting up and operating businesses in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The scope of the office allows each of our attorneys to highly specialize in their fields, whilst the size of our team ensures delivery of premium advice and seamless service. Our firm seeks long-term partnerships with clients with the aim of providing the best and most complete solution to the client's legal needs. We are proud to say that our clients do not leave us.

We apply the same principles to our international affairs, aware of the fact that no foreign lawyer can have the same understanding of legal regulations of a country as a domestic lawyer. Therefore, our philosophy is not to open branches in countries where our clients do business, but to closely connect with top tier lawyers in those countries. Our law firm is one of the founding members of SEE Legal – a group of ten leading national law firms from 12 South East European countries. This network enables us to provide the best advice and representation in these countries. Additionally, as a result of our strong relationship with the majority of global law firms, we are able to provide law services anywhere in the world.

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