A French woman is taking telecom giant Orange to court for “moral harassment and discrimination at work,” accusing the company of paying her for 20 years without giving her any tasks.

Laurence Van Wassenhove was recruited as a civil servant by France Telecom in 1993 before the company was taken over by Orange. Her original employer knew that she was hemiplegic – partial paralysis of the face and limbs – from birth and suffered from epilepsy, and offered her a position adapted to her medical conditions. She worked as a secretary and in the HR department until 2002 when she asked to be transferred to another region of France. Her request was approved, but her new workplace was not adapted to her needs, and an occupational medicine report confirmed that the position was not suited for her. Despite this, Orange allegedly failed to make any adjustments to her job, preferring to pay her full salary for the next 20 years, without giving her anything to do.

Despite Orange’s best efforts to ignore Van Wassenhove, the disabled woman did her best to report the situation to the government and the High Authority for the Fight against Discrimination. In 2015, a mediator appointed by Orange was mandated to resolve the situation, but things didn’t improve at all, as the company continued to pay her without assigning her any tasks. Her lawyers claim that the telecom giant was thus trying to coerce her into quitting her job.