A French court has ruled that a man who died of a heart attack while having "an adulterous relationship with a perfect stranger" during a business trip, was the victim of a "workplace accident."
The man, known as Xavier X, worked as an engineer for French railway company TSO. He went into cardiac arrest and died while having sex at a hotel during a business trip in 2013.
Under French law, employers are responsible for any accident that may occur during a work-related trip — making TSO financially responsible for Xavier X's death.
TSO argued that their employee's death was the result of an extramarital relationship with "a perfect stranger" and had "occurred when he had knowingly interrupted his work for a reason solely dictated by his personal interest, independent of his employment." The company also said Xavier X was not in the hotel room it had arranged for him.
Judges argued that "an employee performing a business trip is entitled to the protection provided by Article L 411-1 of the Social Security Code throughout the duration of the trip he performs for his employer" and that sex was considered "an act of normal life, like taking a shower or eating a meal."
The Court of Appeal of Paris ruled that TSO will be required to pay Xavier X's family approximately 80 percent of his salary until the year he would have retired, and then a monthly contribution to his pension afterward.
On Thursday's radio program, Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere discussed the French court's stunning ruling and decision to hold businesses responsible for their employee's actions, even when they are off duty and clearly not acting on company business.
"In France, here's what happened: an employee died on a business trip and the family is suing the company. And the courts just ruled, yes, that is a responsibility of the company to make sure that their people are protected," Glenn said. "He was an employee that had a heart attack while having sex with a stranger in his hotel room."
Glenn explained how the French courts justified holding the employer responsible for anything that occurs during a business trip by claiming that the employee "wouldn't have been there [to have] an extramarital relationship with a perfect stranger, had he not been asked to go on the business trip."
"God bless America!" exclaimed Glenn. "If you think we're insane, we're not fully there yet."
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