Woman hu­mil­i­ated by her bullying boss has law on her side

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - A VIDEO

has been widely spread on­line, which shows em­ploy­ees at a pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dio in Guang’an, a city in South­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince, be­ing made to drink cups of wa­ter from a squat toi­let by their su­per­vi­sor be­cause they did not meet their tar­gets. The lo­cal po­lice have al­ready found their tor­men­tor and he has been de­tained for four days. Bei­jing News com­ments:

The in­ci­dent sounds rather un­sa­vory, but it hap­pened. It seems the su­per­vi­sor was proud of his deed be­cause he up­loaded the video on the do­mes­tic so­cial net­work­ing plat­form, WeChat.

Re­ports say the su­per­vi­sor re­quired each of the mem­bers of staff at the photo stu­dio to get as many as 20 cus­tomers within one hour, which was clearly mis­sion im­pos­si­ble, and when they failed, he forced them to drink cups of wa­ter taken from a squat toi­let as it was flushed.

He did not con­sider the dig­nity of the peo­ple he was tor­ment­ing, and in­deed he treated the whole in­ci­dent as some­thing funny.

Worse, af­ter the video was widely spread on­line, it in­flicted an­other psy­cho­log­i­cal blow on the pun­ished em­ploy­ees be­cause they felt hu­mil­i­ated. Ac­tu­ally, it was a fe­male em­ployee who was pun­ished that called the po­lice af­ter she saw the video on­line.

The in­ci­dent is not an iso­lated one. Pre­vi­ously, there have been many re­ports about em­ploy­ees be­ing hu­mil­i­ated by bosses be­cause they fail to ac­com­plish ridicu­lous tasks: Some are forced to kneel and apol­o­gize, some are made to crawl on the streets, some are forced to ber­ate them­selves in public. They do such things be­cause they want to keep their jobs.

Ac­cord­ing to the La­bor Law, those hu­mil­i­at­ing or bullying em­ploy­ees face de­ten­tion for 15 days and a heavy fine. The Crim­i­nal Law also says that those hu­mil­i­at­ing oth­ers face fixed terms of im­pris­on­ment if their deeds are so se­ri­ous as to be con­sid­ered a crime. In or­der to pre­vent th­ese things from hap­pen­ing again, it is nec­es­sary to more strictly en­force the laws, and hold em­ploy­ers who hu­mil­i­ate their em­ploy­ees an­swer­able for their il­le­gal deeds.

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