IT IS SURPRISING TO ME THAT CORPORATE DECISION MAKERS CAN GO TO JAIL FOR BAD CONSEQUENCES OF FIRING, TRANSFERRING, OR DEMOTING EMPLOYEES
This happened in France, so maybe I shouldn’t be concerned by it, but the idea that managers of a private company can be criminally prosecuted and jailed for firing, transferring, or demoting employees, because those business decisions allegedly led to some of those employees committing suicide, is alarming to me. Unless the managers personally abused the employees who committed suicide (which isn’t suggested by the news report; to the contrary, the term applied, “institutional harassment,” suggests the state couldn’t identify individual actors), how can employment decisions, no matter how harsh they may be for the employee financially, subject the corporate decision makers to jail time?
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