25-year-old Shanghai PricewaterhouseCoopers employee worked to death
A 25-year-old auditor working for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Shanghai complained of flu-like symptoms on March 31, and ten days later she was dead. The event has sparked enormous controversy online -- news of her death has been forwarded on Sina Weibo more than 15,000 times, and many are speculating that she was worked to death. We're hearing conflicting reports about the nature of her illness from the media, PwC employees, and PwC themselves. Here's everything we know so far. From the PwC press release:
It is with tremendous sadness to report that Angela Pan, a first year assurance associate who joined the PwC China firm in Shanghai in October 2010, passed away after contracting viral encephalitis. Angela contracted a fever and took sick leave on 31 March 2011. She was then treated at the Fifth People's Hospital and subsequently transferred to Huashan Hospital on 6 April 2011 after her conditioned worsened when she fell into a coma. Medical efforts failed to combat the acute disease and Angela passed away on the evening of 10 April 2011.
A PwC Shanghai official denied in an interview with a local TV station yesterday that Pan's death was caused by work fatigue.
"I can accept overtime. I can also accept out-of-town business trips. But on learning a young worker died from fatigue at kp (KPMG), I feel something has broken my bottom line to endure," she wrote.