Frederic Desnard is suing his former employees because they made him bored
Frenchman Frederic Desnard, 44, said that for years he was expected to carry out “too menial” tasks that were a “descent into hell”
Forced to resign, he was left “depressed, destroyed and ashamed”
Suing former employer for $395,000 (£280,000)
A worker in France, is suing his former employer for £280,000 as his job was ‘too boring’ – forcing him to quit. Frederic Desnard, 44, claims that for four years he was expected to carry out “too menial” tasks that were a “descent into hell”.
At a result he was left “depressed, destroyed and ashamed” and forced to resign.
The employment tribunal case is the first ever legal claim in France for what its media has coined the term ‘bore out’ – which could be interpreted as being the opposite of ‘burn out’.
Desnard claims that swiftly after he was hired as a manager at Interparfums – a perfume company in Paris – he found himself stripped of his responsibilities until he was left feeling like he “didn’t exist”.
He told France’s BFM television: “I left for work each day with a desperate, sinking feeling.”
Frederic Desnard, claims that for four years he was expected to carry out “too menial” tasks that were a “descent into hell”.
“Then when I arrived I would often break down in tears,” he continued. “But no one noticed
because no one really cared whether I was there or not.
“I was left depressed and ashamed of being paid for doing nothing.”
But a lawyer representing the firm, Jean-Philippe Benissan, responded: “Mr Desnard never said anything about being bored during the four-year period.
“And if he actually had nothing to do over all these years, why didn’t he mention it?”
Workplace health and safety expert Jean Claud Delgenes said ‘bore-out’ occurs when an employee feels they have no been sidelined and have no chance of promotion.
He added: “We estimate that around 30 per cent of the French workforce is bored with their jobs, but most stay because of their fear of unemployment.”
Earlier this year, Frenchman Charles Simon sued the national railway operator SNCF for ‘ruining his career’ because they put him on £3,800-a-month paid leave for 12 years. He said he was told he would be relocated elsewhere in the company, but then his bosses simply “forgot” about him. His case was finally settled out of court.