Large sum to be paid to married man who died after ‘fling’ on work trip

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The employer of a married man who died while having sex on a business trip has to pay his family a large sum, a French court has ruled.

The man, known only as Xavier X, was the 'victim of a professional accident' while working away for TSO, a French railway construction company.

In February 2013, the engineer was working in the Loiret département in central France when he met a local woman and took her back to his hotel room to have sex.

Xavier, whose surname has not been released, was found dead in his hotel room in the Meung-Sur-Loire shortly afterwards.

The French labour authorities ruled that Xaiver's sudden death should be classified as an 'accident du travail', which translates to 'work accident', reports the Mail Online.

This ruling means that Xavier's family will be entitled to benefits from both the state and TSO.

The man was found dead in his hotel room at the Meung-Sur-Loire [Photo: Getty Images/age fotostock RM] 

It means that any partners and children of Xaiver will be given a monthly benefit of up to 80 per cent of his salary, until the year he would have been eligible to enter retirement.

After the retirement year, TSO will have to contribute towards Xavier's pension.

TSO argued that it could not been held responsible for its employee's death due to the fact his heart attack was not related to his job, but the company lost in every round.

A previous court ruled in 2016 that 'a sexual encounter is an act of normal life like taking a shower or eating a meal', which was upheld by the appeal court in May.

TSO also argued that it could not be accountable as Xavier was not in the hotel room it had organised and that he engaged in an adulterous act.

French judges disagreed with TSO and stated that an employee who is on a work trip remains the responsibility of the employer, regardless of what the employee does during and after working hours.

The ruling goes back to ten years ago when the courts declared that any deaths, injuries or accidents suffered by employees on work trips away from their company headquarters amount to an 'accident du travail'.


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