Married Man's Death During Sex On Business Trip Ruled 'Workplace Accident'

Marco Green
Сентября 11, 2019

The death of a French man who died of a heart attack during carnal capers with a woman he met on a business trip has been ruled a "professional accident".

Engineer Xavier X was found dead in his hotel room in Meung-sur-Loire shortly after having sex with a local woman he'd just met, according to the Times of London.

The fact that the employee had sex in a place other than the hotel room booked by his employer does not, according to the court, signify "that he had placed himself outside the sphere of authority of the employer".

Xavier had worked for TSO, a railway construction company, reported Quartz.

In 2016, a lower court ruled 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.

A court ruled if an employee is travelling for work, they are still the responsibility of their employer even when off duty.

TSO, the rail company the man was working for, argued that they were not responsible for his death because his heart attack was not connected to the work he was being paid to do.

Xavier's employer argued against the decision but lost in every round.

In France, the family of an employee who dies as the result of a workplace accident is eligible to receive up to 80 percent of their annual salary until the year they would have likely retired. The company failed to sway the court with its argument that the worker's death "occurred when he had knowingly interrupted his mission for a reason exclusively dictated by his personal interest, independent of his job".

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