March, 2018 - Duesseldorf, Germany
Referees are not employees: German soccer association Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. (DFB) successfully fends off appeal by referee Dittrich with Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
In its March 15, 2018 judgment (Case: 9 Sa 1399/16), Hesse Regional Labor Court ruled that no employment relationship exists between Deutscher Fußball-Bund e.V. and Dr. Dittrich, so that Dr. Dittrich may not invoke Section 14 German Part-Time and Fixed-Term Contracts Act and may not demand continued employment as an employee. The Regional Labor Court thus confirms the September 14, 2016 judgment of Frankfurt am Main Labor Court (Case: 6 Ca 1686/16) and follows the arguments of the DFB in the appeal. The Regional Labor Court arrived at the conclusion that a referee is not subject to employment law directives of the DFB and is not integrated into the DFB work organization, either.