We can safely admit that the majority of us are not happy with our jobs. Sometimes it’s true and other times we just think the grass is greener on the other side. Still, most of us wouldn’t want to stick with a seemingly boring job, and the best we can do is try and switch to greener pastures. But have you ever had a job so boring and lifeless that you actually think you can sue your employer for it?
Well, you probably didn’t mean it, but this man in Paris didn’t just think about it, he went ahead and did it. Frédéric Desnard of Paris, who worked as a director at Interparfums, a perfume and cosmetics company until 2015, sued the company next year for being “bored” of his job. What is more bizarre is that four years later he even won the case and received compensation of € 40,000 (around 33 lakh) from the company.
Speaking to French daily Le Monde, Desnard said the loss of an important client had led him to be given menial tasks in the Paris company for four years. He said he was reduced to shopping for the president of the company, which took a toll on his mental health. “I no longer had the energy for nothing. I felt guilty and ashamed of earning a salary for nothing. I felt like I was invisible in the business,” Desnard said. He was later fired by the company for having been on sick leave for seven months following a car accident.
Following Desnard’s complaint to a labor relations tribunal, the tribunal asserted that the “bore out” was just another type of harassment and ordered Interparfums to compensate him. A report from the Telegraph says Desnard’s lawyer told the court there was a link between his client’s deteriorating health and his job.
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