Target: Ikea CEO Peter Agnefjäll
Goal: Demand furniture company stop spying on its employees and customers, violating their right to privacy
News recently surfaced that Ikea stores in France have been performing background checks and accessing personal details like property records and bank account information on their employees and customers, none of whom knew they were being investigated by the well-known furniture company. Sign this petition to tell Ikea to stop spying on citizens who have a right to privacy.
Currently, a regional court is conducting an investigation into the report that hundreds of people were illegally spied on by French Ikea officials. The alleged surveillance began roughly a decade ago, and has cost approximately 475,000 euros in investigator fees. While Ikea claims they use these investigations to keep employees honest and avoid theft, it appears so far that only a few of the many investigations Ikea conducted actually led to the discovery of an untrustworthy employee.
Meanwhile, Ikea’s alleged investigations led to an employee’s Social Security number, personal cell number, and bank account details being given out to a private investigator. The employee in question was Virginie Paulin, French Ikea’s deputy director of communications and merchandising, who had been on medical leave for one year with hepatitis C. Paulin, who had no idea her personal information had been given out, was fired from her job for “exaggerating her condition,” and taking advantage of the company. Ikea offered no evidence to support their claims, and Paulin took her unlawful firing to court where she was awarded a small compensatory fee. She is still being treated today for her condition.
The practice of spying on one’s employees and customers should be banned immediately in French Ikea stores. Not only is it illegal and unnecessary, but it leads to situations like Virginie Paulin’s, where competent and intelligent employees are fired with zero justification. Sign this petition and tell Ikea to make this right.
Dear CEO Agnefjäll,
I have read about the reports that French Ikea officials were conducting illegal investigations on employees and customers for over a decade. I know Versailles courts are conducting an investigation of their own into the situation, and I would like to add my support for immediately ending of this practice.
According to the information released so far, it appears 475,000 euros were spent on investigations, with only a few actually revealing pertinent information regarding untrustworthy employees. Additionally, it has caused legal trouble like the undue firing of Virginie Paulin from her position, a case which ended up in court.
Please put an end to spying on customers and employees, as it is unlawful and largely unnecessary.
[Your Name Here]
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