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Orange execs' guilty verdicts over worker suicides upheld by appeal court

Stock Markets Sep 30, 2022 05:35AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Didier Lombard, former CEO of France Telecom, arrives to attend the trial of French group France Telecom, which became Orange in 2013, and its former bosses for "moral harassment" at the Paris criminal court, France, May 6, 2019. REUTERS/Charl

PARIS (Reuters) - Charges of "moral harassment" were upheld by the Paris Court of Appeal on Friday against the former CEO of French telecoms group Orange Didier Lombard, one other former executive and two still with the company related to a spate of worker suicides in the late 2000s.

"The guilt of former executives of Orange was upheld on appeal," the court said in a statement.

The workers' deaths during a restructuring at the company in the late 2000s led to deep soul-searching over corporate culture in France.

Orange had also been found guilty of the same "moral harassment" charge during the December 2019 ruling, and fined 75,000 euros ($73,733), but the company had then said it would not appeal.

Many individual managers have been convicted of harassment, and often fired as a result, but not companies themselves.

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Orange execs' guilty verdicts over worker suicides upheld by appeal court
 

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