One Direction Fans Ask for ‘Compassionate Leave’ From Work After Zayn’s Exit

TIME

A number of One Direction fans have reportedly requested “compassionate leave” from work, after they were left distraught following singer Zayn Malik’s recent departed from the pop group.

Malik left the boy band on Wednesday (March 25), after he had previously pulled out of the group’s Asian tour with stress.

Now The Independent reports that the Employer Advice Service has received more than 220 calls from One Direction fans.

“While I sympathize with One Direction fans, I hardly think this qualified as compassionate leave,” Employment law director Alan Price told the newspaper. “If employees feel strongly about the issue then request that they take days off as a holiday, but compassionate leave is what you allow if a close relative dies, unless the employer is unaware of family ties with Zayn Malik then I hardly think that this qualifies.”

He added: “Abusing compassionate leave is inconsiderate to fellow colleagues who…

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