(ORDO NEWS) — A Chinese company has sparked controversy online after it was revealed that it is forcing employees to eat raw eggs as punishment for failing to live up to expectations.
It all started when a second-year university student named Du took to social media to complain about his experience as an intern at a Zhengzhou technology company.
He claimed that the company in question had an odd rule that employees had to ingest raw eggs if they didn’t get enough orders in a set time period or otherwise didn’t meet management’s expectations.
He claimed that his internship was terminated after he refused to comply with the rule, adding that management forced him to list “personal reasons” as the reason for terminating the internship in order to exonerate the company of any liability.
Du’s revelation sparked an online outcry, and a subsequent video posted anonymously showing company employees apparently throwing up when they try to swallow raw eggs only added fuel to the fire.
People called the practice inhuman, warned of the dangers of eating raw eggs, and called for those responsible to be brought to justice.
Meanwhile, representatives of the company, whose name has not yet been disclosed, do not seem too worried about the backlash.
They simply claimed that eating raw eggs was clearly stated in the employee manual so that all of his employees knew what was required of them.
When Du asked about the legality of this rule, the HR manager allegedly responded with a question of his own: “What law forbids you from eating raw eggs?”
The Jinshui District Labor Inspectorate of Zhengzhou City is reportedly investigating the case, but lawyers say they will need more than Du’s testimony because his unpaid internship does not qualify as employment and is therefore not subject to labor laws. However, if any of the other employees testify against the company, things will be different.
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