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Worker’s Suit Claims His Boss Took over His Computer and Placed the F-Word on It

Posted Apr 25, 2012 10:19 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A fired worker and his one-time boss are trading accusations of bad workplace etiquette after the employee filed suit partly over an obscenity.

The suit filed by Miaoguang Jin alleges that his boss, Jianqing Zhao, drew a big “F--- you” on Jin’s computer and then invited other employees to take a look, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Zhao is chief information officer at facilities maintenance company SMS Assist in Chicago. Jin could not clear the word from his computer because his boss had taken it over, the suit alleges.

Jin also claims he was forced to work so much overtime that he fell asleep at a meeting, and that his boss mocked his English skills. He says he was fired when he refused to switch to part-time work, the story says. He alleges fraud, discrimination and violation of workplace policies on overtime pay and etiquette.

When the Sun-Times reached Zhao, he denied the allegations. “I hired him, and first of all he didn’t perform his job, and he took a nap during work all the time,” Zhao said. “And he ate sunflower seeds all the time in the office, and he’d listen to non-work related music all the time.”

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