Chandigarh, August 22
In the Chinese city of Guangzhou, a teacher has been fired after her cat appeared during an online class. She, however, won 40,000 yuan (more than Rs 4.6 lakh) in a wrongful dismissal case.
The art teacher was leading an online class last year when her cat jumped into camera view five times. The edtech company fired her citing the cat’s sudden appearances as the reason.
The incident happened last year in June when the teacher, identified as Luo, was leading an online class. Suddenly, her cat jumped five times into the field of her camera, reports independent.co.uk.
Lou’s employer fired her citing the cat’s sudden appearances, which he said damaged “a teacher’s image”.
According to the report, the teacher appealed the decision, but the company refused to compensate her and challenged the committee’s decision in a lower court.
Presiding Judge Liao Yajing of the Guangzhou Tianhe People’s Court has ruled that employers should not be “too demanding” if their staff are required to work from home during the Covid pandemic.
“The employer’s rules must not only comply with the laws, but must also be fair and reasonable,” the judge was quoted as saying by Central Radio Network, adding that: “The setting of the house is not the same as that of the office”.