A London branch of the popular restaurant chain Wagamama has been forced to apologise to staff after warning employees who called in sick over Christmas would face disciplinary action.
The BBC reports a note on the roster of the North Finchley branch told employees they would have to find their own cover if they were sick, and calling in would result in disciplinary action being taken.
"No calling in sick!" the note said.
"May I remind you that if you are unable to come in for your shift it is your responsibility to find someone to cover your shift (as per contract and handbook).
"Calling in sick during the next 2 weeks will result in disciplinary action being taken."
The roster was shared by the Unite Hospitality union on Facebook, which called it a "shocking example" of a practice that was quite normal across the industry.
"Following reports of a notice posted in our North Finchley restaurant we can confirm this was an isolated incident and is strictly not company employment policy," the spokesperson said.
"The manager involved feared team member shortages over the festive period and regrettably decided to take this highly unusual approach."
"We sincerely apologise for what has happened."