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France – Manager sentenced for allegedly exploiting Bulgarian temporary workers

04 May 2012

A business man, aged 47, was sentenced to three months suspended prison sentence for allegedly exploiting temporary workers from Bulgaria. He was also fined €5,000 while the company he legally represented as the manager of the firm was charged €20,000 in penalties.

An employment tribunal in the North-eastern town of Rennes this week sentenced the man for underpaying temporary employees from Bulgaria who worked in the Bulgaria-based construction business. He was also accused of having failed to inform the French labour inspectorate of the temporary employees.

The man, who was not named, said in the court that he always dealt with his staff correctly. He denied the allegations and implied he paid the Bulgarian workers more than French workers would have received.

“With all the costs relating to [their] recruitment, a French employee would have been even cheaper,” he said.

But the judge was not convinced by his defence and said he had clearly employed these workers to make a profit to which the accused replied, “Yes, but I have not made ​​any money. Finishing my projects on time was my [first] priority.”

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