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Sacked Italian wins his job back

A GENERAL manager who was fired after he went home to Italy because his wife had asked for a divorce, has won his job back.

The Putuo District People's Court believed the Italian, identified only as Tony, hadn't intended to leave without notice and also ruled he should get back 25,000 yuan (US$3,660) in lost salary.

Tony was sent by an international group to a local company as general manager in 2006. He returned to Italy at the end of last year and stayed there for 10 days to deal with the divorce.

But on his first day back at the local company, he received a dismissal letter.

It said the company had terminated his contract because he had been absent from work for 10 days with no good reason.

Tony filed a lawsuit asking for his job back and his salary for the 10-day period.

He provided an e-mail to the company's owner as evidence to prove he had asked for leave and got approval from the owner.

The company argued that the owner hadn't approved the leave application. But the court ruled that the company hadn't provided any evidence to that effect.


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