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S Korean legislation to tackle workplace bullying

AFP, SEOUL

Michael Hurt, a sociologist at the University of Seoul, said the obsession with hierarchy is a legacy of the wartime militarism of former colonial ruler Japan, later adopted by the South’s authoritarian leaders.

For many South Korean workers, including Jung, the new measures have come too late.

Instead of receiving an apology from the perpetrator, she was fired by the CEO, who later sued her for defamation and libel.

The cases were never brought to trial, but Jung said the disputes at one point made her suicidal.

“Those at my ex-employer didn’t treat me like a human being — it was as if I were one of their disposable commodities,” she said.

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