Lawyers suggested Chinese father applying for arbitration due to an unfair dismissal
Mr. Zhang, a Chinese father, requested a leave from his job to tend his ill son. When back to his work on the following Monday, he received a termination letter and forced to leave the company. The reason for his dismissal was that he went on a three days consecutive absence without permission.
This situation happened in a company in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. Mr. Zhang received a phone call from a hospital informed him his son was being treated in the ICU as he was not breathing. When hearing the news, Mr. Zhang then requested a leave on Saturday. The situation seemed normal, but when Mr. Zhang returned to work on Monday, he got the dismissal notice and was forced to leave his job. The notice addressed that “Mr. Zhang was absence for three consecutive days without permission which was against the company’s rules.”
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Mr. Zhang mentioned that, prior to his leave, he signed an agreement with the company for a leave request to look after his son. After coming back to his job, he soon realized that the terms of their agreement changed to last October.
“The company no longer wants to abide by the agreement, and I have been asked to leave the company. I cannot lose this job. I have to earn money for the treatment of my son’s brain stem glioma.” Mr. Zhang said worriedly.
However, when speaking with his company’s superior, Mr. Zhang’s boss said that he had no authority in this matter as it came down to terms in the employee’s contract and he could only follow the company’s rules. However, since the incident went viral on the internet, many pro bono lawyers have come for his aid and suggest that the father applies for a labor arbitration as there are organizations and legal proceedings that can provide legal aid for his circumstances.