The trigger for the trial was the case of a technical employee from Rhineland-Palatinate. This was ordered by the employer in 2015 to a project in China. Instead of a direct flight in economy class, the company's administration has booked a business class flight with a stopover in Dubai at its request. For the four days of travel, his employer paid him the contractually agreed fee for eight hours each – for a total of 1149 euros. However, the business traveler had insisted on clearing the total travel time, then the money for another 37 hours and then went to court.
If the long travel time is justified, it must now examine, according to the Federal Labor Court, the State Labor Court of Rhineland-Palatinate.