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Court upholds chat sack ruling

A WOMAN office worker who used MSN for personal chats while at work has had her dismissal upheld by the Shanghai No. 2 People's Intermediate Court.

The woman was sacked from a research company last June for breaking a company regulation forbidding the use of MSN chats in office time for personal matters, according to the Oriental Morning Post report.

The company paid Li more than 4,000 yuan (US$585) for pay and overtime owed before she sought arbitration from a local mediation committee, and later from the court.

The company told the court that its regulations had forbidden chatting on MSN for personal matters and that all its employees had signed an agreement to this after a staff meeting last January.

Li began working in the company's marketing department in August 2006.

Last June 26 Li was caught using MSN for personal discussions by her department manager.

Li insisted she had been talking to former employees about work but she could not produce any evidence for this and after the court of first hearing ruled against her the Shanghai No. 2 People's Intermediate Court has now upheld that ruling.


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