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Court rules excessive toilet time no grounds for docked pay

DDP/The Local · 22 Jan 2010, 17:46

Published: 22 Jan 2010 17:46 GMT+01:00

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The case involved a lawyer who had meticulously recorded the amount of time one of his employees spent in the bathroom between May 8-26, 2009. According to his records, the employee was away from his desk for toilet visits for 384 minutes.

The lawyer subtracted this amount of time based on the worker’s average daily wage and docked €682.40 from his net paycheque.

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The employee brought the case to court, arguing that he had suffered from digestive problems. He has since found another employer.

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17:54 January 22, 2010 by berlinski
WOW! The cost of spending a penny has really shot up.
18:52 January 22, 2010 by Fredfeldman
Next, employes will want to be paid for going out for a smoke! This became a court case? Why didn't the lawyer simply put a meter on the toilet or have someone stand outside the door with a plate to collect a 50 cent fee for each entrance?
20:31 January 22, 2010 by snorge
Only in Germany do cases like this go to court....
14:25 January 23, 2010 by Heinrich der Zweite
Court rules excessive toilet time no grounds for docked pay.

I did better than that. 35 years ago working in a recording studio in Piccadilly, I fell asleep on the loo and got the sack. Then I met an Au pair and came here.
04:37 January 24, 2010 by wood artist
Lawyers are all about "billable hours." The good ones can work an 8 hour day, and collect 30 billable hours. How? "Oh, I talked to Joe on the phone for 3 minutes...so that's a quarter hour (minimum) then I read a letter dealing with Tom...that took 5 minutes, so that's a quarter hour...etc.

The Law: A profession with a code of ethics that's never applied to self!

08:59 January 25, 2010 by mixxim
Pity the Politicians do not go there, they spout excessive crap in public....
16:47 January 25, 2010 by lordwilliams629
dcgi makes the best point, smokers get catered to in the work place, yet a man wants to sit down and pinch a loaf and they think they have charge him.
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