The law firm Sotra is pleased and proud to have been awarded, on the 22nd of January, the "coup de coeur" of the jury and the Cap 48 Prize for Corporate Citizenship 2018, during the New Year's reception of the Association of Walloon Companies.
This award recognizes the firm's initiative to hire a blind intern, Alexandre Wespes, in 2015. Alexandre has just successfully completed his traineeship at the bar and is now perfectly integrated into the firm's team and daily work. He carries out all the traditional tasks of an attorney, sometimes fully autonomously, sometimes with the logistical and human support of the other attorneys at Sotra, when necessary.
The success of the collaboration between Alexandre and Sotra testifies to the fact that any company, even “small”, is able to offer a future and professional development to a person with a disability, even if the conditions would initially be difficult.
During the award ceremony, the firm has interpellated the many prominent politicians who were present on the unacceptable discrimination between people with disabilities, depending on whether they are self-employed or employees. Self-employed persons receive only minimal aid compared to aid granted to employees.
The message caught the attention of the federal Minister Denis Ducarme. He promised to study the issue and take prompt action to eliminate this inequality.
See also: La Libre Belgique