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French company liable after employee dies during sex on business trip

Discussion in 'Politics & Current Affairs' started by pussycat, Sep 11, 2019 at 9:57 PM.

  1. pussycat

    pussycat Moderator Staff Member

    When the law becomes the absurd


    A French company has been found liable for the death of an employee who had a cardiac arrest while having sex with a stranger on a business trip.

    A Paris court ruled that his death was an industrial accident and that the family was entitled to compensation.

    The firm had argued the man was not carrying out professional duties when he joined a guest in her hotel room.

    But under French law an employer is responsible for any accident occurring during a business trip, judges said.

    The man, named as Xavier X, was working as an engineer for TSO, a railway services company based near Paris.

    He died at a hotel during a trip to central France in 2013, as a result of what the employer called "an extramarital relationship with a perfect stranger".

    The company challenged a decision by the state health insurance provider to regard the death as a workplace accident.

    The provider defended its position by insisting that sexual activity was normal, "like taking a shower or a meal".

    In its ruling, the Paris appeals court upheld this view.

    An employee on a business trip is entitled to social protection "over the whole time of his mission" and regardless of the circumstances, it said.
     
  2. SecretWishes

    SecretWishes Moderator Staff Member

    And the flood gates open for mass stupidity on company trips...
     
  3. Neophyte

    Neophyte Moderator Staff Member

    I can see both sides of this ruling, though I do object to the word 'liable' being used. I agree that someone dying while on a business trip would be considered on the job, but I would not hold the company at fault for this particular man's death. So if there were some form of death benefit entitled to the family, then they should be paid. If the company was being sued for the man's death, then the company should be ruled as innocent.
     
  4. Dojinaruka

    Dojinaruka New Member

    Most of Europe is like this.