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Former CEO Of France Telecom Indicted Over 35 Suicides

Didier Lombard is the former CEO of France Telecom. Recently, he has been indicted by a court in Paris. The allegation brought against him is that at least 30 employees committed suicide due to his conduction of corporate culture of bullying and harassment. French authorities has started formal investigation on Wednesday against the allegation and Mr. Lombard has bailed for €100,000.


Didier Lombard, Image credit: http://gigaom.com

The allegations came back when 35 employees killed themselves in two-year period. Critics agreed that Mr. Lombard’s management culture and decisions was one among many reasons for the deaths. During his CEO time, he had cut more than 22,000 jobs in a short time and changed managers jobs consecutively every three years.

Mr. Lombard has remonstrated that the deaths were a tragedy and there were no relation to exclude. It were necessary for the health of the business. He said, “I realize that upheavals in the company could cause shocks or disturbances. But I strongly doubt that these essential plans for the survival of the company were the cause of these human tragedies.”

If investigation team finds any guilty of harassment then Mr. Lombard may face up to a year in prison and a fine of €15,000.

Source: Gigaom

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