In a ground-breaking ruling, the supreme court in France awarded three contestants on the French version of the program Temptation Island compensation of about L9,500 each. The judges ruled that the trio were entitled to full employment contracts - including overtime, holidays and even damages for wrongful dismissal upon elimination from the show.
The judgment is likely to presage a flood of claims by participants in other programs, such as the French versions of Big Brother and Britain’s Got Talent. Television executives say the decision, which settles three years of legal wrangling, will add significantly to the cost of producing reality television in France. . .
The supreme court upheld the lower tribunal judgment, which said: “Tempting a person of the opposite sex requires concentration and attention.”