French court rules employer responsible for worker's death after sex

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A French appeals court has ruled against a company that tried to deny benefits to the family of a man who died after having sex during a business trip. In its judgment dated May 27, 2019, relayed by labor lawyer Sarah Balluet, the court ruled the death a "workplace accident", setting a pathway for workplace compensation.

According to court documents, the married man met another woman at a bar and the pair went back to his hotel room to have sex, reports local news site BFM TV.

Xavier X, whose surname has not been released, was an engineer working in the Loiret département in central France on behalf of his employer, TSO, a French railway construction company.

Now, labour officials say the death should be classified as an "accident du travail".

The company pointed out that he was not staying in the hotel they had booked for him and that his death was not connected to his job.

French judges brushed aside these arguments and claimed that an employee travelling for work remains the employer's responsibility, regardless over what the employee does on and off work hours.

Xavier's employer fought the decision but lost at all stages, the outlet reported.

It will now have to contribute to his pension after the state pays his family 80 per cent of his salary up to what would have been his retirement age. The company failed to sway the court with its argument that the worker's death "occurred when he had knowingly interrupted his mission for a reason exclusively dictated by his personal interest, independent of his job".

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