Boss Responsible For Employee Who Died While Having Sex, Court Rules
A court has ruled that the employer of man who died after having sex on a work trip, was liable for his death and have been ordered to payout to this family for years to come.
The man, known only as Xavier X, was a railway technician and was on a business trip in France's Loiret province when the incident happened.
According to reports in France, the married man met a woman during the trip in February 2013 and went back to her hotel room to have sex.
However, the man later had a heart attack and died.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and found the man dead at around 10pm on 21 February.
During the court case, lawyers for the man's employer - railroad and construction company TSO - argued that they could not be held responsible because his death happened outside of working hours and in a room that they had not reserved for him.
They also appealed on the basis that his death was the result of an 'adulterous sex act that he had had with a complete stranger', and that he wasn't acting in professional capacity at he time.
However, the court ruled that it was an 'accident du travail', which means that even if a member of staff is on a work trip, anything that happens - whether during working hours or not - while on that trip, is the boss' responsibility.
During the case it was stated that sex is 'un acte de la vie courante', just like 'having a shower or eating a meal' and that TSO didn't provide any proof that Xavier X interrupted his trip to go and have sex.
Therefore, it didn't matter that he died in a room different to the one his boss had booked for him.
As a result of the ruling on 27 May this year, the family of the deceased man will receive 80 percent of his wages up until his retirement age. They will then receive a share of his pension.
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