Deliveroo found guilty of abusing riders' rights

STORY: Two former executives for Deliveroo have been given suspended sentences in France.

A court ruled that they abused the freelance status of riders working for the UK takeaway delivery platform.

The riders said the firm should have hired them as employees with relevant benefits.

The two former executives both got one-year suspended sentences, and a fine of 30,000 euros - or over $32,000.

The company itself was also fined the maximum penalty of 375,000 euros - or almost $405,000.

Now the ruling against Deliveroo may reverberate beyond France.

The firm faces a number of court challenges that could reshape working conditions for it, and the broader gig economy.

Deliveroo said it would examine Tuesday’s (April 19) ruling and consider whether to appeal.

It said the verdict applied to an earlier operating model, and had no relevance to today's business.

Shares in the firm were down around 6% in afternoon trade.

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