French justice condemns Deliveroo for concealed work

Published on: 04/19/2022 – 14:52 The Paris Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced two former French executives of Deliveroo, the British ready meal delivery platform, to a one-year suspended prison sentence for concealed work. Deliveroo France will also have to pay a fine of 375,000 euros. The Paris court imposed, on Tuesday April 19, a fine of 375,000 euros, the maximum provided for, on Deliveroo France judged for “concealed work”, during a first criminal trial in France of “uberization” with as issue the true status of its deliverers. The court fully followed the requisitions of the prosecution which during the trial, last month, had requested the maximum penalty of 375,000 euros in fine against the platform, as well as a one year suspended prison sentence against two of the three former leaders prosecuted, Hugues Decosse and Adrien Falcon. In addition to the suspended prison sentence, they are each sentenced to a fine of 30,000 euros. The third, Élie de Moustier, was sentenced to a four-month suspended prison sentence. Deliveroo plans to appeal employee status. “The offense of concealed work” is established, said the president of the 31st chamber of the judicial court announcing the decision. A spokesperson for Deliveroo indicated that the platform “considered” to appeal. Deliveroo was also sentenced to pay 50,000 euros in damages to each of the five unions (CGT, Union Solidaires, Sud commerces et services, Sud commerces et services Île-de-France and Syndicate of light transport) which had filed civil suits for “prejudice morale”. This court decision will have to be displayed, in particular in front of the premises of Deliveroo for a month, said the court. Deliveroo is responsible for “an instrumentalization and misuse of labor regulations”, with the aim of organizing a “systemic concealment” of jobs for delivery people who should have been salaried and not self-employed, had estimated during the trial the prosecutor Céline Ducournau, whose opinion was confirmed by the court. or “feel free”, had indicated Céline Ducournau. This is the first trial of its kind in France against the “uberization” of labor relations. The facts judged took place between 2015 and 2017. With AFP and Reuters