Paris (CNN Business)A French court has ordered IKEA to pay a €1 million ($1.2 million) fine after finding the Swedish retailer guilty of improperly using employee data.

The judgment was announced Tuesday by a court in Versailles. The French subsidiary of IKEA was on trial alongside 15 people including former executives over an alleged "spying system" deployed against current and prospective employees between 2009 and 2012, according to court documents.

IKEA France's former CEO, Jean-Louis Baillot, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and fined €50,000 ($60,500), according to the judgment. Baillot denied any wrongdoing during the trial.

The judgment details how IKEA France paid private investigators to obtain private information on current and prospective employees. Court documents also reveal demands for an investigation into a "model employee" who had "from one day to the next become very militant."

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