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Woman says Fubon wrongfully fired her

Woman says Fubon wrongfully fired her

A hearing-impaired woman yesterday accused Fubon Securities Co. of laying her off without cause after transferring her to a post she said she was incapable of handling because of her hearing disability.
The woman, surnamed Chiang, accompanied by Democratic Progressive Party Legislators Wang Jung-chang (王榮璋) and Hsieh Hsin-ni at a press conference yesterday, accused Fubon Securities of discriminating against her and urged the company to publicly apologize to her, reinstate her to her original job and compensate her for lost income and mental torment.
"I feel sad. I am sorry that my hearing disability inconvenienced you. But the hearing disability was not caused by me. One's working rights should be protected and respected. Did I do anything wrong?" Chiang said to her former employer.
Fubon Securities insisted, however, that Chiang's loss of her job was not linked to her hearing impediment. It denied Chiang's accusations against the company and suggested that if she wanted to make any requests for compensation or an apology, she should take legal action.
According to Chiang, she was employed by the company's human resources department starting in February of 1998 and was suddenly transferred to the legal affairs department in September 2004 without any advance legal training.
Moreover, her new supervisor did not understand the limitations of hearing-impaired individuals and continually asked her to do jobs requiring oral communication, such as contacting other employees to check on information or serving as a stenographer.
Chiang was unable to adapt to the new post and Fubon laid her off in June 2005 under the pretext of incompetence.
Wang said it was obvious and abominable that Fubon indirectly forced Chiang to leave by asking her to do a job she could not perform adequately because of her hearing disability.
Hsieh called Fubon's behavior shameful and accused the company of lying in portraying itself as a charitable company that was committed to helping the needy.
The government should strictly regulate Fubon and limit its expansion, urged Lai Wan-chih, the president of the National Federation of Bank Employees Unions urged.
Son Yu-lian, secretary-general of the Taiwan Labor Front, emphasized that any kind of discrimination against workers should be censured.
Wang threatened to propose that the government not invest the country's funds in any Fubon stocks or securities if it failed to give a suitable response to Chiang's request.
Fubon said that it respected Chiang's feelings but dismissed her accusations.
The company stressed that Chiang was laid off because she was late in completing her documentation tasks several times. After her supervisor reminded her of the delays, she still was unable improve the situation and was eventually laid off, receiving severance pay in the process, according to Fubon.
Fubon insisted that Chiang was only asked to do documentation jobs that did not need specific legal knowledge.


Updated : 2021-10-18 00:32 GMT+08:00