Taipei S Hotel, run by Chinese businessman Wang Xiaofei — husband of Taiwanese actress Barbie Hsu, has allegedly asked staff to take leaves without pay on a voluntary basis. Four people have reportedly been dismissed over the matter amid the ongoing virus outbreak.
Wang replied on Tuesday to media inquiries in a post to Weibo.
Wang confirmed that the hotel management asked employees to take seven days of unpaid leave, on a voluntary basis. Those who refused to comply, however, were reportedly dismissed by the company.
“Those who agree to take unpaid time off can stay, while those who disagree on this matter should be dismissed. Yet, they still received a severance fee equivalent to one month of salary,” Wang wrote.
According to NOWnews, Wang also thanked the hotel staff for working hard during the crisis. He also expressed hopes that the company would push through the tough times with the help of every employee’s dedication.
In response to the controversy, Barbie Hsu’s management agency said that Barbie respects her husband’s decision and hopes that the team would overcome tough times.