Worker Fired for Disagreeing With Boss Sues

September 11, 2007 ( - A woman is suing her former employer after being terminated under a company policy of terminating staff who contradict their boss three times.

According to Reuters, HWA-1 Enterprise Co Ltd, a light industrial manufacturer based in China’s southeastern port city of Xiamen, sacked a woman surnamed Ni for refusing to pay fines she incurred for talking back to superiors, Xinhua news agency said, citing a local newspaper.

The company’s policy held that a “first contradiction of superiors” would incur a fine of 30 yuan ($4), a second would incur 100 yuan, and a third would warrant dismissal, the agency said.

Ni incurred a 30 yuan fine after taking umbrage with her factory supervisor for reprimanding her for not filling in a form, according to the report. “The factory head told me that, according to company rules, no matter whether management is right or wrong, employees are not allowed to contradict them and must obey,” Xinhua quoted Ni as saying.

Ni was then threatened with a 100 yuan fine for refusing to pay the first fine, and was sacked after she threatened to report her supervisor to the company’s human resource’s department.

The factory’s supervisor, surnamed Cao, said he had a legal right to sack Ni. “The company can terminate the contract of employees who seriously breach labor discipline or the company’s rules,” Xinhua quoted Cao as saying.