The teenager, nicknamed Xiao Fei, died of respiratory failure on August 7, 10 days after the unusual punishment.
According to her father, Jiang, she was punished for being late to work with 100 deep squats in the morning.
Days later, Xiao Fei could no longer lift her hands and vomited. She was quickly brought to the intensive care unit of Central South University, Xiangya No. 2 Hospital in Hunan, southern China.
In defense, her employers at Qfang, a real estate company in Zhongshan, argued that the squats were only an exercise and “not a punishment.”