Labor: Avoiding hostage situations when terminating employees in China

Workers fearing layoffs recently held an American executive hostage for almost a week

A recent incident in Beijing where workers held an American executive hostage for almost a week made headlines around the world. However, it was a story that didn’t have to be told.

The executive had gone to Beijing to lay off employees in a department that was being moved to India. The remaining employees feared that their jobs would be lost as well, so they demanded severance payments, even though they were to continue working at the factory.

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Kevin Jones

Kevin L. Jones is a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels. Based in Shanghai, he chairs the firm’s labor and employment practice in China. He can...

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