Bored at Work

The French court just ruled employees can suffer a “bore out.” I’m Amy E. Feldman.

A man in France sued his employer at the perfume company (yes, for real. No word on whether he was eating cheese or wearing a beret) because he said his boss gave him so little to do and the tasks were so menial, he was forced to leave his job after what he called “an insidious descent into hell” or as we call it, a workday.

He sued because he said the job caused him to suffer a “bore out”—and this week the French court agreed, awarding him forty thousand dollars for what they said was a form of moral harassment. 

Can US workers sue if they’re required to do menial tasks or things that aren’t part of their job description? In general, no. Unless you have a collective bargaining agreement or if you’re being asked to do certain tasks for discriminatory reasons, like your boss makes the women make him coffee, in the US there’s no law that lets you say: not my job—and get away with it.

The good news is that here, you’re free to say: au revior. Smell ya’ later.

From the Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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