A man who lost his job because of the “like” emoji in a business chat: what did he do wrong?

The chat discussed the working moments and the guy put the appropriate like. The court accepted the emoji as “written consent”.

In Latvia, a man has been fired from his job who, in a business chat, put the “I like” emoji under a message about the manager’s arrival at the office, but he didn’t show up. The court accepted the same as written consent. This was reported by the Latvian edition of Delfi.lv.

Thus, the manager in a business chat in one of the offices informed the employees that they had to be at the workplace on a certain day. The plaintiff reacted to this message with the expression “I like it”. Then he was fired for not showing up for work on the specified day.

The worker sued for being unfairly dismissed. The court reviewed the case file and concluded that the “like” emoji could be considered a written agreement.

Referring to article 1505 of the Civil Code in the court decision, “If there is any doubt about the meaning of the words, they should act according to their meaning and the clearly expressed intentions of the parties to the transaction.” or otherwise proven.” The court also confirms this conclusion with the Cambridge Dictionary, which interprets this emoji as “confirmation of something”.

The court decision said that the plaintiff could not be unaware of the meaning of this expression. The request was partially accepted.

Recall that a farmer in Canada was fined for popular emoji. Received a contract for the supply of 86 tons of linen from a buyer. In response, he sent a thumbs up emoji. The buyer never received the linen, so it went to court.

Earlier, it was reported that a psychiatrist in Germany was convicted after citing a quote from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Goose Girl”, in which the character was sentenced to a gruesome execution. The man was found guilty of healing with a fairy tale.

Source: Focus


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