Carrefour fined 3.66 million for ignoring minimum wages

A French court has sentenced supermarket chain Carrefour to a fine of 3.66 million euro for paying 1200 employees a salary under the French guaranteed minimum wage. Carrefour has announced they will appeal.

 

Gain: up to 45 euro per employee per month

The problem in this case is how the minimum wage should be calculated – and more precisely: including or excluding a 'rest forfeit'. By 'creatively' calculating that minimum wage, Carrefour saved up to 45 euro per month per employee, said the labour inspection.

The court ruled Carrefour's calculations incorrect and imposed a fine of 2000 euro per infraction and a compensation of between 10,000 and 15,000 euro per union that filed complaints or between 300 and 1000 euro per employee who complained individually.

“We will appeal this verdict”, said HR-director Jean-Luc Masset to RTL. “Every employee receives a salary that is well above the minimum wage – and on top of that, health insurance and a very beneficial collective agreement.” He also points out that this verdict is about the very essence of the collective agreement and as such, goes far beyond Carrefour.

A French court has sentenced supermarket chain Carrefour to a fine of 3.66 million euro for paying 1200 employees a salary under the French guaranteed minimum wage. Carrefour has announced they will appeal.

 

Gain: up to 45 euro per employee per month

The problem in this case is how the minimum wage should be calculated – and more precisely: including or excluding a 'rest forfeit'. By 'creatively' calculating that minimum wage, Carrefour saved up to 45 euro per month per employee, said the labour inspection.

The court ruled Carrefour's calculations incorrect and imposed a fine of 2000 euro per infraction and a compensation of between 10,000 and 15,000 euro per union that filed complaints or between 300 and 1000 euro per employee who complained individually.

“We will appeal this verdict”, said HR-director Jean-Luc Masset to RTL. “Every employee receives a salary that is well above the minimum wage – and on top of that, health insurance and a very beneficial collective agreement.” He also points out that this verdict is about the very essence of the collective agreement and as such, goes far beyond Carrefour.

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