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French leading telecom company Orange convicted over employee suicides, Former CEO sentenced to prison

French leading telecom company Orange convicted over employee suicides, Former CEO sentenced to prison

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France’s leading phone and internet provider Orange was found guilty Friday of a string of employee suicides and its former CEO was sentenced to prison, in a landmark ruling against a major European telecommunications player. Orange was ordered to pay around 3.5 million euros ($3.8 million) in fines and damages to scores of families, employees and others party to the case, over suicides and other problems in the 2000s while the company was shedding thousands of jobs. Emotion gripped families and friends of those who had killed themselves as judges read out the lengthy verdict — relief, but also renewed grief as they revisited their loss. Orange, which was called France Telecom at the time, is France’s first big company to be tried on a charge of institutionalized “collective moral harassment,” so the ruling could open up the possibility for other companies to face similar legal challenges. “A verdict for the future,” was the response from labor union CGT. “It is the workers who…
Source: French leading telecom company Orange convicted over employee suicides, Former CEO sentenced to prison

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