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Man Awarded $45,000 After Suing Employer For Boring Job Making Him Depressed

Frederic Desnard, who worked as a manager at a Parisian perfumery until 2015, sued his former employer because his job was so boring that it made him depressed and forced him to quit. Although the 48-year-old sued Interparfum for $400,000 in damages, the court only awarded him $45,000 as compensation. A Paris appeals court ruled that Desnard suffered from “bore out” — which is the opposite of burnout, where an employee is overworked. The former manager’s lawyer claimed that the complete lack of stimulation at work had left Desnard feeling “destroyed” and “ashamed," even triggering an epileptic seizure when he was driving. Interparfum defended itself by arguing that Desnard had not complained about his boring job and lack of stimulation during his four years at the company, but only after learning that he was going to be made redundant. Because this case is the first of its kind and has now set a precedent, suing employers for lack of work or boredom may actually become a thing in the near future.