How many of you have received work messages from your boss or superior after you have clocked off and all you want to do is take a breather from work? Regardless if you replied or not, you would still turn up for work the next day and get things done, am I right?
This boss has taken things to a whole new level and fired his staff because she did not reply within the stipulated time!
The lady, surnamed Wang, was a beverage store manager from Ningbo, Zhejiang in China. She had finished her work and was already at home on July 2 when her boss sent her a message in the work group chat at around 10.23 pm.
In the message, he asked her for the current month’s revenue report. He also said that if she did not reply within 10 minutes, she would lose her job.
At that time, Wang had already fallen asleep so she did not see the message. True to his words, her boss proceeded to send another message in the group chat saying that Wang was fired as she did not reply within the time stated.
She was in shock when she woke up the next day and saw the messages.
However, she went to work as usual as she thought that her boss didn’t mean it. But to her surprise, she discovered that she was really fired from her job for that petty reason.
In addition, her company refused to pay the salary they owed her for the previous month.
Wang decided to ask help from lawyers as she felt that she was wrongfully dismissed and the lawyers agreed. After studying her case, they said that the company had violated a few regulations according to the labour laws in China.
They said that after Wang had finished work, she did not need to respond to any messages after work. If the company assigned tasks to Wang after she had clocked out and required her to complete it before the start of the next working day, this would be considered as overtime and she should be paid accordingly. Wah, does this apply to us too?
It was also discovered that Wang had announced that she was pregnant in June and this was part of the reason that her company had unceremoniously fired her, which was obviously against the law.
Wang’s lawyers proceeded to sue the company and they gave her a compensation of RMB18,000 (RM10,800).
You go girl! Don’t let that boss step on your head like that! Know and fight for your own rights!
What are your thoughts on this?