A Paris court ruled that and employee’s death was an industrial accident and that the family was entitle to compensation. A French company has been found liable for the death of an employee who had a cardiac arrest while having sex with a stranger on a business trip.
Although the firm had argued the man was not carrying out professional duties when he joined a guest in her hotel room. Under French law an employer is responsible for any accident occurring during a business trip Judge said.
The man, named as Xavier X, was working as an engineer for TSO, a railway services company based in Paris.
He died at a hotel during a trip to central France in 2013, as a result of what the employer called “an extramarital relationship with a perfect stranger”. TSO challenged a decision by the state health insurance provider to regard the death as a workplace accident.
The provider defended its position by insisting that sexual activity was normal. “just like as taking a shower or a meal”.
In its ruling, the Paris appeals court upheld this view.
An Employee on a business trip is entitled to social protection “over the whole time of his mission” and regardless of the circumstances, it said.