The Daily Populous

Monday December 23rd, 2019 evening edition

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Paris: Three former executives of a French telecommunications giant have been found guilty of creating a corporate culture so toxic that 35 of their employees were driven to suicide in the mid-2000s.

The charge in the historic case: "harcelement moral institutionnel" or "institutional moral harassment".

The ruling from a Paris criminal court caps a months-long trial and years-long saga that has spurred protests and highlighted issues of labour relations and workplace conditions in a country with a sometimes contentious relationship to capitalism.

Former France Telecom chief executive Didier Lombard arrives at a Paris court, where Orange was found responsible for dozens of employee suicides or suicide attempts.

The company, France Telecom − which used to be state-owned and is now known as Orange, one of France's largest corporations − was fined $120,000, the maximum penalty.

Its ex-chief executive, Didier Lombard, was sentenced to four months in prison and fined $23,000, along with his former second-in-command and head of human resources.

It is the first time a French company of Orange's size has been held to account for this type of workplace bullying. »

How Henry Heinz used ketchup to improve food safety

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It begins with an unlikely alliance between one of the country’s richest food manufacturers, Henry J. Heinz, and an underpaid federal chemist.

The two men bonded over a mutual belief that unsafe and untrustworthy food was a growing national problem.

As chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chemistry bureau, Wiley had been pushing for food safety standards since the 1880s. »

Can Social Anxiety Lead You to Misread Facial Cues?

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These individuals have and anxiety about any situation in which there’s the potential that they will be negatively evaluated.

They enter into ordinary interpersonal situations on edge, and will be primed to interpret ambiguous situations in a way that confirms their negative expectations.

What role, posed the Israel authors, might facial cues have in providing information through their own “crucial channel” of ?. »