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France – Public broadcaster pays €100k for excessive use of temporary contracts

07 January 2013

The public broadcaster France Télévisions has been ordered to pay €100,000 over an “excessive” use of temporary contracts. The firm will have to pay the sum to one of its employees who had worked for the firm as a technician for more than a decade on a number of fixed-term contracts.

The decision by the Paris Court of Appeal was made public last Friday (4 January). The Court ordered the firm to reclassify the worker’s fixed-term contracts as a permanent contract, resulting in indemnity pay of around €100,000. 

The employee, who remains anonymous, had at first instance lost his case against the broadcaster in September 2009 before winning his case in November 2012 in front of the Paris Court of Appeal.  In explaining its decision, the court argued that the nature of the worker’s job was not temporary but permanent.

It is not the first time France Télévisions has been involved in such a case and local media reports suggest that the company is currently facing many similar claims.

In November 2012, Staffing Industry Analysts reported that the company had to pay over €200,000 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.

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