France's Orange found responsible for employees' suicides

Friday, 20. December 2019 11:56

A French court ruled on Friday that the country's largest telecommunications company Orange S.A., formerly France Telecom, and its former CEO Didier Lombard (pictured), share responsibility for the wave of suicides committed by employees 10 years ago.

Lombard, who denied doing anything wrong, was sentenced to one year in jail and a €15,000 penalty, while the company itself has to pay €75,000 for "moral harassment" that was found to have caused 19 employees to kill themselves. The company was undergoing restructuring at the time with planned cuts of 22,000 jobs. It said there was no planned harassment and that the restructuring was a necessity.

France Telecom was privatized in 2004.

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