Spate of historical employee suicides sees telecom firm Orange fined & ex-CEO sent to prison in landmark case
French telecoms company Orange has been found guilty of multiple employee suicides in a case that could open the door for other firms to be charged with institutionalized moral harassment.
Multinational firm Orange is France’s first corporation to be tried on such a charge, and the landmark court ruling could set a legal precedent.
A Paris court fined the company €75,000 (more than $83,000) on Friday over 39 cases in the 2000s. They include 19 suicides, 12 suicide attempts and eight cases of serious depression. Other employees’ suicides couldn’t be linked directly and solely with their jobs.
Conflicting media reports suggest various time periods for the peak in suicides as some say it was between 2006 and 2009 while others name a period between 2008 and 2010. Le Figaro also linked the incidents to the “company’s policies between 2007 and 2008.”