A call-center worker has become the 24th victim of what France Telecom calls a "spiral of suicides" among its employees over the last 18 months. The 51-year-old father of two jumped from a bridge onto a highway during morning rush hour in a small town in the French Alps, the Independent reports. He left a note blaming "the atmosphere at work" for his suicide. Union officials say the man had been under pressure since being shifted to a role cold-calling potential customers.
French government officials recently met with executives to insist the company devise a plan to address the problem. "This is shameful," said a union spokeswoman. "He was working in a call-center which was known to be insufferable. There was no interest in people as individuals, no humanity. They only cared about figures. The employees were treated like minced meat."