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Woman reported to HR for sending work emails past office hours

/ 03:47 PM October 17, 2019
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A woman was reported to her workplace’s human resources department for sending work-related messages to colleagues after work hours.

Sharon Au, a former actress from Singapore, recalled the incident during a recent interview with Chinese radio station 96.3 Hao FM, as per Mothership last Monday, Oct. 14.

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Au had moved to France last year to work for an equity company there, and was unfamiliar with the country’s labor laws. France implemented a law in 2017 giving employees the right to disconnect from work after office hours.

She told the station’s DJs that she had sent a work-related email to her French coworker at 8 p.m., which was after their set working hours. The colleague then took a screenshot of Au’s message and sent it to their HR department.

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Upon being informed of Au’s email, the HR officers reminded the former actress to follow office hours when addressing work-related matters.

Au repeated the same mistake three months after, and was once again reported to the human resources department.

She had sent a text message at 11 p.m. to a colleague about a meeting the next morning. Au said she sent the message to simply ensure all preparations for the meeting were ready.

The coworker ignored her message and took a screenshot of it before sending it to their human resources department.

Seeing that it was Au’s second time to be reported by a coworker, the department became concerned about her well-being outside of work.

The concerned officers suggested that Au pick up hobbies such as yoga for the sake of her well-being. Her employer also gave her movie tickets to urge her to get a life outside of work.

She said she learned that French labor laws are very strict regarding the set 35-hour workweek, adding that contacting coworkers about work matters past the established working day is considered as harassment in France.  Ryan Arcadio /ra

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