It had links with five of its employees

News 9 January, 2018
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    The ex-boss of the College of human resources advisors, Florent Francoeur, appeared before the board of discipline yesterday, for sexual misconduct.

    Axel Marchand-Lamothe

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018 01:00

    Tuesday, 9 January 2018 01:00

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    The former director general of the College of human resources advisors in the risk of radiation to life after having had links to secret with five of his employees, even going so far as to have sex in the office.

    Florent Francoeur, now 59 years old, pleaded guilty to three counts of the indictment, yesterday, before the council of discipline of his profession, in connection with sexual misconduct when he was the head of the Order.

    Described as ” admirable “, “charismatic” and “ambitious” by the victims who have fallen under his spell, the one who has led the College of human resources advisors for 23 years, enjoying especially of professional meetings to have sex at his place of work with employees.

    Ironically, the human resources advisors are those who have to manage cases of misconduct or sexual harassment in the professional context.

    “It was someone who was at the top of [a] profession that focuses on the relationship between employers and employees, a summary of Me Jacques Prevost, who represented the trustee. It destroys the meaning of the public message of the Order. “

    Lack of sexual desire

    Florent Francoeur has used the same process over a period of 20 years to approach the complainants, and maintain relationships, sometimes coexisting with them, according to the findings of the investigation by the trustee Gilbert Rousseau.

    He made advances to his employees, complaining of lack of sexual desire for his wife and kept the parallel stories secret.

    As he was responsible for the performance appraisals of his employees, when the romances came to an end, it demonstrated the dissatisfaction with their productivity.

    Four out of five women have come to resign from office after a sick leave between 2013 and 2015.

    Named during the investigation

    This is ultimately a complaint filed in the summer of 2015 by one of the victims has triggered this process “out of the ordinary” of the trustee.

    Florent Francoeur has quickly resigned from his post at the beginning of the investigation, before being appointed as a member of the Commission of labour market partners by the liberal government in December of the same year.

    He is still the president, according to the web site of the organization.

    In an evaluation commissioned by the defense, the psychologist and sexologist Marc Ravart argues that the CEO is deposed recognize ” be placed in a situation of conflict of interest in its sexual misconduct “.

    However, according to him, Florent Francoeur doesn’t show signs of deviance or of predation and did nothing ” of an abuser or a stalker sex at work “.

    “He understands that his position was dictated by a behavior above reproach “, has also identified mr. Jean-François Lehoux.

    The lawyer noted that his client had agreed to record a response to the charge to avoid the five women to testify and that he had cooperated in the investigation.

    In a suggestion together, the two parties have recommended to the president of the council of discipline, Me Julie Charbonneau, to radiate life-Florent Francoeur, and to impose a total fine of $10,500.

    The disciplinary board has 90 days to make its decision.