You think that you've got it rought? Just listen to the nightmarish life of Frédéric Desnard, formerly a manager at a perfume company in France:
“I was ashamed of being paid for doing nothing,” he said.
There was simply nothing for him to do for his 4 years at the Interparfums company:
The 44-year-old said his “descent into hell” was similar to a burnout, but less interesting. […]
Desnard complained that between 2010 and 2014 he was mise en placard, or put in the cupboard by his then employer Interparfums, a French phrase that involves giving employees little or no work, or menial tasks.
He told Agence France-Presse he was relegated to doing tasks that had nothing to do with his job and deprived of his original responsibilities. This, he alleges, left him “destroyed” and with “serious depression”.
So, The Guardian reports, Desnard is seeking compensation and damages from Interparfums for approximately $414,000:
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in France, Desnard is seeking €360,000 (£282,000) in compensation and damages – including holiday pay, he says, is due.
It's the least they can do for him.