PARIS- Two former bosses of Deliveroo were given suspended one-year prison sentences and fined 30,000 euros ($32,380) by a French court on Tuesday for abusing the freelance status of riders working for the British takeaway delivery platform.
The company itself was also fined the maximum penalty of 375,000 euros ($404,625), the court ruled.
The ruling against Deliveroo may reverberate outside France at a time the gig economy, built largely upon digital apps and self-employed workers, faces a number of court challenges that may redefine working conditions.
A lawyer for Deliveroo declined to say if the company would appeal the ruling
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(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain Editing by GV De Clercq)