France's news in English

Editions:  Europe · Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Bankrupt French boss fires 430 employees via SMS

Share this article

Bankrupt French boss fires 430 employees via SMS
Photo: Man in suit eating and texting /Depositphotos
12:45 CEST+02:00
Workers of a struggling security firm outside Paris have been left fuming after their boss decided to tell them via text message that they no longer had a job.
If there was a prize up for grabs for worst boss in France, the man behind this mass sacking would be a contender. 
All 430 employees, who were already disgruntled about not being paid their March wages, received a standardized message from the company CEO of Bodyguard, based in the Paris suburb of Evry in Essone, Ile-de-France.
In the text, the unnamed businessman told his workforce he'd filed for bankruptcy and they no longer had a job.  
“He could have at least sent us an official dismissal letter via registered post, but a text? That's worthless, it's inadmissible," Yannick Chamon, a Bodyguard employee who's worked for the company for seven years, told TV channel France 3.
But even though the man's means of mass dismissal was tactless, according to Article L 1232-6 of France's Labour law it's not illegal. 
While the law says that "when an employer decides to dismiss an employee, he must make his decision known via a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt" but changing habits in today's digital era have allowed email and other ways of online communication to qualify as acceptable for France's Court of Cassation.
A 2013 ruling by the country's highest judicial body argued that as long as the employee has confirmed that he or she has received the information, the dismissal is valid.
However, the unscrupulous CEO has previously been charged with money laundering and should not have legally been running Bodyguard or any other company, but he secretly managed to remain the majority shareholder. 
The company saw profits in 2017, which has led Bodyguard's furious former employees to call into question their ex-bosses practices. 

Jobs in France
Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

VIDEO: Three surprising facts that will make you want to visit Malta

Game of Thrones has ended but it lives on in Malta! Find out how and learn two more unexpected facts about this little archipelago in the middle of the Med.