The platform, accused of having “Concealed a large number of jobs” between 2015 and 2017, had been the subject of a preliminary investigation since May 2018.
The meal delivery platform Deliveroo and three of its former executives are summoned to appear before the Paris Criminal Court for “hidden work”AFP learned on Monday from sources familiar with the matter. The company, accused of having “Concealed a large number of jobs”, and the three former executives of Deliveroo France, including its former CEO, are summoned to court from March 8 to 16, 2022 for facts dating back to the period 2015-2017.
The prosecution suspects Deliveroo and some of its ex-leaders of having “Resorted to thousands of workers under a so-called independent status via commercial contracts, while they were placed in a permanent legal subordination relationship with regard to him, as the Labor Inspectorate had noted in a report of December 2017. ” Since May 2018, the platform had been the subject of a preliminary investigation entrusted to the Central Office for the Fight against Illegal Work (OCLTI).
“A giant leap against uberization”
“Since its beginnings in France, the company Deliveroo France has operated as a digital platform for connecting with independent delivery partners, in a completely transparent manner, claimed and in strict compliance with legal provisions”, reacted the company in a press release sent to AFP.
“All the court decisions rendered definitively in France have been favorable to Deliveroo France”, assures the company. And to add that she approached “Therefore with confidence this hearing which will allow it to demonstrate the unfounded nature (of the alleged facts, editor’s note) and will continue to plead for this model which corresponds to the aspirations of a vast majority of delivery partners”.
Kevin Mention, lawyer for several complainants in this case, greeted on Facebook “A small step” in this kind of files “But a giant leap against uberization”. As part of this investigation, justice proceeded to the seizure as a precaution of 3 million euros on the French bank account of the company, a sum corresponding to part of the social contributions that the company is suspected of not having. have acquitted during the period 2015-2016.