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To make sure you understood the article, try to answer the questions below.

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What is the premise of this text?

The answer is an employee (Audrey Facon) and her colleagues took their boss to court, over equality issues at work, concerning their working conditions which are different to their male colleagues.

The article says Audrey Facon... ainsi que d’autres collègues viennent de poursuivre leur employeur en justice... leurs conditions de travail étaient différentes de celles de leurs collègues.

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Give as much information as you can about Audrey’s workplace (how long she has worked there, what, size, location)

The answer is she has worked there for over 15 years. It is an average sized bank, in the suburbs of Lille in the north of France.

The article says Madame Facon travaille depuis plus de quinze ans dans cette banque de taille moyenne, située dans la banlieue de Lille dans le Nord de la France.

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Why was she not well paid when she first started working there?

The answer is it was her first job, she was a novice and she had just completed business school.

The article says j’étais une novice, je sortais tout droit de l’école de commerce.

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What was she finding difficult?

The answer is on her salary it was difficult to pay her rent, buy groceries and pay for all her personal expenses.

The article says il était difficile de payer le loyer, les courses, et toutes mes dépenses personnelles avec notre salaire.

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Why were her colleagues surprised?

The answer is they thought they were well paid and that with more than €2500 a month it was easy to have a good standard of living.

The article says nous étions très bien payés, et qu’avec plus de deux mille cinq cent euros par mois, il était facile d’avoir un bon niveau de vie.

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What did Audrey Facon realise?

The answer is that she realised that she was a victim of inequality at work and that for years she had been being paid half of what her male colleagues were receiving just because she was a woman.

The article says qu’elle avait été victime d’inégalité sur son lieu de travail. Depuis des années elle avait été payée moitié moins que ses collègues masculins, uniquement parce qu’elle était une femme.

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What had the bank manager done and why?

The answer is he paid the women half the salary, believing women weren’t capable of getting as good results as men, that they weren’t as productive.

The article says avait donc décidé de diviser en deux leurs salaires… les femmes n’étaient pas capables d’obtenir d’aussi bons résultats que les hommes, et qu’elles n’étaient pas assez productives.

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What finally happened?

The answer is Audrey Facon and her female colleagues were each paid more than €50,000 each, which made up the money they should have been paid over the years when they had not been paid properly. The bank manager was fired.

The article says Madame Facon et ses collègues (uniquement les femmes) se sont vues recevoir chacune un chèque de plus de cinquante mille euros, ce qui correspondait aux années où elles n’avaient pas été payées correctement…le directeur de la banque a été renvoyé.

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