A company condemned after the suicide of an employee: “A judgment which will make date in the years to come”, according to a specialist

The Brocéliande salting plant, located in Perreux in the Loire, was fined Monday April 26 to 20,000 euros by the Roanne criminal court after the suicide of one of its executives on the premises of the company, in 2013. “It is a judgment which will mark a milestone in the years to come”, greets on franceinfo Jean-Claude Delgènes, economist, founder and managing director of Technologia, specializing in psychosocial risks, after a company was convicted of manslaughter, eight years after the suicide of one of its employees.

Author of Suicide, a silent cry and Misconceptions about burnout, the economist specifies that he “it is quite rare that a company is convicted of manslaughter” and think that “must encourage all managers to head companies to prevent such tragedies from happening.”

“This judgment says that moral harassment can be institutional. That is to say that it can, not simply depend on a close relationship between the victim and his harasser, but that it can result from methods of management.”

Jean-Claude Delgènes

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“In the various surveys that we have carried out, we see that professional burnout is a predictor of suicide”, he describes, specifying that “to avoid getting there, we have to do prevention, regulate workloads, allow a real disconnection, avoid this omnipotence of work which will seek individuals, including in their private life, to expose them to risks which are unacceptable “. But France still has a long way to go, according to Jean-Claude Delgènes since it is “late” and suffers from a lack of “monitoring of suicidal attacks.”

“The costs of moral harassment and burnout should be increased to ensure that these issues are truly addressed”, he proposes, explaining that the victims are now supported by the Health Insurance, and “not by the ATMP branch, the Occupational Accident and Occupational Disease, which is financed alone by the employers. So somewhere the costs of poor management are socialized and it is a real problem”, he concludes.

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