Frenchman sues ex-employers because his job was too boring

Claims he had so little to do it felt like a "descent into hell"...

Frenchman sues ex-employers because his job was too boring

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A Frenchman is seeking compensation and damages of €360,000 because he apparently had so little to do in his old job that he suffered "bore out".

Frédéric Desnard told an employment tribunal that his old managerial job at a perfume company felt like a "descent into hell" because of the tedium.

The French media are referring to his apparent condition by the English term "bore out"; like burnout, but caused by a lack of work rather than too much.

Desnard says that between 2010 and 2014 he was mise en placard (that is, 'put in a cupboard') by his former employer Interparfums.

He told Agence France-Presse that he was expected to do menial tasks unrelated to his position and stripped of his original responsibilities.

This allegedly caused "serious depression" and "destroyed" him. He claims the lack of stimulation eventually triggered an epileptic fit while he was driving.

Desnard said that he was "ashamed of being paid for doing nothing".

After being signed off work for seven month, he was then made redundant from the job in September 2014 due to a "prolonged absence" that had "disturbed the smooth working" of Interparfums.

Interparfums' lawyer Jean-Philippe Benissan argued that Desnard "never said anything about being bored" and alleged that he initially complained of burnout.

Last December, Desnard was ordered to pay Interparfums €1,000 for defamation. The judge came to the conclusion that he was "inspired by a sense of personal animosity" against his old employer and had become convinced without proof that they had "ruined his health".