Man who died of a heart attack during sex during a business trip was the victim of an industrial accident and his employer is liable for damages, French court rules
- Xavier X was an engineer who worked in central France for his Paris-based employer
- He met a local woman one evening in 2013, but was later found dead in his hotel
- Verdict means that the man's employer has to pay a hefty fee
A man who died of a heart attack after having had sex with a woman he met on a business trip is a & # 39; victim of a professional accident & # 39 ;, has ruled a French court.
This ruling means that the man's employer, known as Xavier X, must pay a heavy fee to his family members.
Xavier X, whose last name has not been released, was an engineer who worked in the Loiret department in central France on behalf of his employer, TSO, a French railway construction company.
This ruling means that the man's employer, known as Xavier X, must pay a heavy fee to his family members
He met a local woman one evening in February 2013, but was found dead in his hotel room in Meung-sur-Loire shortly after the couple had sex.
French labor authorities argued that Xavier's death should be classified as an & # 39; accident du travail & # 39 ;, which entitles the victim's family to benefits from both the state and the employer.
As a result, all partners and children will receive from Xavier a monthly payment of a maximum of 80 percent of his salary up to his retirement age.
TSO will then have to contribute to Xavier's pension.
In 2016, a lower court ruled that & # 39; a sexual encounter is an act of normal life, such as taking a shower or eating a meal, & # 39; which was confirmed by the court of appeal in May.
Xavier's employer argued against the decision but lost in every round.
The company argued that it could not be held responsible for the employee's death, even though it happened while on an assignment because his heart attack was not related to the job.
TSO added that the employee was not in the hotel room organized by the company during the contact and that the meeting was adulterous.
French judges have disregarded these arguments and claimed that an employee traveling for work remains the responsibility of the employer, regardless of what the employee does during and outside working hours.
The ruling goes back ten years when the the court stated that any accident suffered by employees during work trips outside their head office amounts to an & # 39; accident du travail & # 39 ;.
Unless the employer can prove that the employee intentionally aborted his personal mission for personal reasons, the ruling remains in force.
Xavier X is also not the first time that the ruling is being challenged.
In 2017, a French court was held liable for a traveling businessman who injured his hand at a disco in China.
The court ruled that it did not matter if it was 2 o'clock at night and the man was out of service.
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