Lidl sacks German chief

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Lidl sacked the chief executive of its German arm because of spying revelations in magazine Der Spiegel



18 May 2009

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Last month Lidl sacked the chief executive of its German arm because of the backlash following the discovery it was spying on employees. In a statement the discounter said: “Lidl’s board has released director for Germany Frank-Michael Mros from his duties with immediate effect…The board is therefore drawing the consequences from the recent accusations regarding data protection.”

German magazine Der Spiegel revealed the scandal last year after finding collected data in discarded documents. The alleged illegally gained information included notes on employees’ health and personal welfare, such as “operated for a tumour, but benign,” and “wants to get pregnant, impregnation not working,” in a report entitled ‘State of health.’

The scandal, which broke last year, has had far-reaching implications for the retailer in Germany, as it dealt with a public relations minefield following accusations of using private detectives and cameras to spy on employees. In addition, Lidl was fined a total of €1.5 million in penalties by the data protection authorities of 12 states in Germany.



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