The 44 workers from Sri Lanka, employed at a clothing factory in Botosani, northern Romania have been fired after seven of them had tested positive for COVID-19, the Romania Journal reported.
The local Labour Inspectorate has been notified and it has commenced an inquiry.
The employer has told labour inspectors that the Sri Lankans had not reported to work over fears of being infected with the novel coronavirus.
He claimed that they were fired after they had refused to report to work.
Labour inspectors say that the Sri Lankan employees have the same rights as their Romanian colleagues and so an inquiry is currently under way to see if if the lay offs had been abusive or not. (Colombo Gazette)