France Telecom SA (FTE), France’s biggest phone company, said its offices were searched today by police in connection with an investigation by Paris prosecutors after a spate of employee suicides in 2010.
“We confirm that a search took place today,” said a spokeswoman for the Paris-based company, who declined to be named. The search, which took place over several sites, follows a complaint filed by labor union Sud-PTT, she said.
Investigators are looking into allegations of “mental harassment” and missing workplace-risk documentation at the company. Sud-PTT has complained that France Telecom’s restructuring policy contributed “directly” to about 30 suicides and “a tendency toward depression” at the company.
Elisabeth Allanic, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutors’ office, wasn’t immediately available to comment today.
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