By and  on March 24, 2009

PARIS — A Paris labor court has ordered Van Cleef & Arpels to pay around 170,000 euros, or $230,970 at current exchange, to a former jewelry designer for breaching its employment agreement.

Thierry Berthelot, who worked at the Compagnie Financière Richemont-owned jewelry house from 1985 until his dismissal in 2005, was awarded the compensation, which included severance and holiday pay plus punitive damages, on March 18. Van Cleef & Arpels’ lawyer, Vincent Fauchoux, on Monday said the firm will appeal the decision.

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