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The public broadcaster France Télévisions has been ordered to pay €206,000 in damages to an ex-employee, who had taken the company to court after working for the group for 10 years on 320 temporary contracts.
The independent contractor then sued the broadcaster when he was no longer provided with work projects. He had worked for the company from 1999 to 2009 to help with a “temporary” increase in the work load.
The Court of Appeal in Paris recently ruled that France Télévisions had to pay hundreds of thousands in damages, including €85,000 in severance and expenses that reclassified the worker's 10-year fixed-term employment to permanent employment.
"A fixed-term contract, whatever its cause, can have neither have the purpose nor the effect of providing a job related to normal and permanent activity of the company,” said the court in its judgement. It decided the contractor was hired to undertake “regular” activity and therefore the employer could not use such fixed-term contracts.
The newspaper La Tribune writes that France Televisions hires around 10,000 staff of which up to 15% are hired on a temporary basis.