The Lille start-up Clic and Walk, based on the participatory economy, has just been condemned by the Douai Court of Appeal for “hidden work”. Clic and Walk leads a community of contributors, the ClicWalkers, who, in return for approximately 6 euros per year, freely and in real time collect Field data, by taking photos and answering questions, in order to help companies to improve their prices, their services or their products.
In 2018, the Lille Court first acquitted the company for the same reason, but the Public Prosecutor’s Office had appealed and the start-up is now fined 50,000 euros and the courts are asking that the 700 000 contributors are considered as employees. Clic and Walk decided to take the matter to Cassation.
Frédérique Grigolato, founder and CEO of Clic and Walk, discusses her business model, her defense, the impact of this case on Clic and Walk as well as her opinion on the regulation of the collaborative economy.
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