Zhao Wenchang, an employer who maliciously defaulted on workers’ wages were sentenced to two and a half years in prison and a fine of up to 50,000 yuan. The ruling was handed down by Henan Provincial High People’s Court to Zhao on January 12, 2015. That same day, 9 other unscrupulous employers were also put behind bars after being convicted of defaulting on wages.
An investigation by Minquan County People’s Court found that Zhao contracted for a construction project between November 2012 and October 2013. During this period, Zhao refused to pay the 10 workers he hired and the total amount of back pay he owed to them ran into 269,890 yuan. Although the county’s human resources and social security bureau issued an improvement notice, Zhao still refused to shell out the money. The court pronounced him guilty and threw him in prison.
In recent years, law courts in Henan province have launched six crackdowns on wage defaulting. Since China revised its criminal law in 2011 making a crime of intentionally defaulting on employees’ pay, Henan has come down hard on malicious wage defaulters. Last year, courts in Henan handled 40 cases of withheld wages and convicted 41 wage defaulters.