No charges filed after accusations of harassment at Lidl

The members of the regional management of Lidl in Brittany will not be referred to justice. After more than two and a half years of investigation, the prosecution of Saint-Brieuc (Côtes-d’Armor) has just closed the file concerning alleged acts of moral harassment and union discrimination within the company. “As it stands, the prosecution is issuing a final indictment for the purposes of total dismissal, considering that there were no serious or concordant indications justifying the indictment of the persons placed under the status of assisted witnesses”, a indicated, this Wednesday, in a press release Nicolas Heitz, public prosecutor of Saint-Brieuc.

The case started on July 24, 2020, with the sending of a letter denouncing acts of harassment on the Ploumagoar site near Guingamp where the regional management of Lidl is located. Several employees of the German giant had previously complained about the social climate and working conditions within the company, denouncing “an unjustified overload of work” and “daily and repeated bullying, until work stoppage. »

The manager of a store had committed suicide

Five days later, a preliminary investigation was opened followed by a judicial investigation against X on February 5, 2021. This led to the arrest of ten members of the regional management who had been placed in police custody and heard for a ten hours on February 16, 2021. Placed since under the status of assisted witnesses, they therefore all escape an indictment.

In this “deleterious” climate denounced by the unions, the manager of the Lidl store in Lamballe killed herself on the night of September 5 to 6, 2021 not far from her home. Before ending her life, she had left a letter to her loved ones to denounce the harassment and the pressure she suffered from her management.

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