Student’s death may be related to 20-hour days

A foreign student was found dead at his lodgings in Bethnal Green, London as he approached the end of a seven week placing with Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The Intern, a German national from the University of Michigan, allegedly worked excessively long hours, often working through the night.

A flatmate told reporters that this had involved returning home from the office at 6am on three consecutive occasions. Commentators reflected that this type of work pattern has been described as “part of the job” and reflects a culture where long hours are seen by many as a sign of dedication and commitment. The bank is in the process of conducting an internal review, and has confirmed that it does not instruct its workers to remain at the office for extended shifts.

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