I Demand Interesting Work! Does an Employee Have the Right to Meaningful Work?
A Frenchman recently made headlines for suing his employer for giving him boring work. Frédérick Desnard claims that he suffers from bore out (as opposed to burn out) because his employer gave him meaningless, mundane tasks to perform. He is reported to be claiming around EUR360 000 from his employer as the work left him "destroyed" and suffering from "serious depression". This raises interesting questions about the legal position in South Africa. Does an employee have a right to interesting work?