Nearly 800 cases of workplace harassment reported since anti-bullying law came into effect July

Nearly 800 cases of workplace harassment reported since anti-bullying law came into effect July

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hundreds of bullying cases have been
filed in South Korea adopted a new law banning workplace harassment in July
workers however say the law has several loopholes that must be addressed
eun-jung machette slide on the issue two months after a new law prohibiting
workplace harassment came into effect nearly eight hundred cases of bullying –
reported since 10 according to the labor ministry at a parliamentary audit on
friday 794 cases of harassment were seen from July to September nearly forty five
percent of them involved verbal abuse is followed by unfair treatment and
slandering by sector the majority of the reported cases were from the
manufacturing sector followed by facility management and health and
service sectors the law was originally designed to prevent and stop bullying
among workers by allowing employees to file an official complaint in case of
harassment according to the law company owners have a duty to stop harassment
when workers inflict physical or psychological pain on other employees by
abusing their power and authority the Labor Ministry has been providing
consultations and have tightened supervision since the implementation of
the law but many workers and experts say the abusers are not being punished
adequately as the Labor Standards Act do not stipulate clear penalty clauses also
those who quit their jobs due to bullying often may not be eligible for
unemployment benefits under the current system other problems have been raised
as well such as employers being unwilling to take action when complaints
are filed against them in German Arirang news

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