Embattled Chinese micro-lender Qudian has reportedly forced its employees to move to the southeastern city of Xiamen after relocating its headquarters from Beijing earlier this year.

At the end of September, the company told its Beijing-based employees that they would be required travel to Xiamen for two months, after which time they could return home to work in the country’s capital. However, after a month of arriving employees were informed that there was no longer an office in the country’s capital and that they could either work in Xiamen or leave the company, according to local media.

Qudian provided financial incentives for relocating and staying in the form of rental subsidies and a total of RMB 100,000 paid over a year. However, 40 people have reportedly already left. Employees are also seeking arbitration for what they deem to be unfair termination packages.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.