€375,000 fine for “hidden work” against Deliveroo

The Paris court on Tuesday fined the food-delivery platform €375,000 and sentenced two former leaders to a one-year suspended prison sentence.

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New legal setback for Deliveroo. The food delivery company and two of its former managers were convicted by the Paris court on Tuesday April 19 for employing thousands of suppliers under the status of independent workers when they should have been employees.

The platform, which had already been convicted of “undercover work” in 2020, was fined 375,000 euros, the maximum penalty demanded by the public prosecutor. She is also required to post a sentencing message on her website for a month. Two former managing directors were sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence and one former operations manager to a four-month suspended prison sentence and a fine of 10,000 euros. A Deliveroo spokesman told franceinfo that the platform “considered” speak to.

More than a hundred delivery men had filed a civil suit for this first criminal case because of “Uberization”. Prosecutors claimed Deliveroo set itself up “An instrumentalization and abuse of labor law”with the aim of a “systemic obfuscation” delivery orders.

DIn her opinion, many elements showed a relationship of subordination between the company and its couriers, characteristics of an employee relationship: very precise rules on the type of delivery, the choice of routes, checking whether the couriers get up in the morning … Other delivery companies have opted for this to employ their couriers on salaried contracts, but Just Eat has decided to lay off a third of its tenured couriers due to the economic difficulties.

Deliveroo was also ordered to pay 50,000 euros in damages to each of the five unions that had brought civil claims for “moral damage”: CGT, Union Solidaires, Sud Commerces et Services, Sud Commerces et Services Ile-de-France and Syndicate of Light Transport .

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