Chinese employee sacked for excessive loo breaks causes online debate

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A Chinese employee was dismissed from his job due to spending up to six hours a day in the restroom, leading to a widely discussed court case. Despite citing chronic health issues as the reason for his frequent bathroom visits, a Chinese court ruled the dismissal as valid and the employee was not reinstated.

The case dates back to 2015 when the company decided to dismiss an employee, named Wang, in September. Wang used to spend six hours daily in the restroom during working hours. Although he explained that he had health issues, it was reported that Wang had undergone surgery for haemorrhoids in December 2014 but still experienced ongoing symptoms, causing him to visit the restroom frequently each day. This began in July 2015, with Wang spending between three to six hours in the restroom.

However, company records stated that between 7-17 September 2015, Wang visited the restroom 22 times, which equals two to three visits daily, each lasting between 47-196 minutes. Sometimes, he spent over three hours per visit. This led to his dismissal, with the employer reasoning that Wang violated employee regulations, including tardiness, leaving work early and absenteeism. Wang filed a lawsuit in October 2015 seeking job reinstatement. The case caught the attention of many internet users, who commented on the situation.

In the end, the Chinese court upheld the dismissal, ruling that it was valid under the circumstances. Netizens commented on the case, with many expressing doubts that employers would tolerate an employee spending half the workday in the restroom, while others sympathised with Wang’s health issues but agreed that they should not be used as an excuse, reports Khaosod Online.

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Nattapong Westwood

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