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South Korean Concern Fined For Forced Slimming Drive

by VR Sreeraman on  March 8, 2011 at 8:42 AM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
A South Korean company that penalised tubby workers for failing to lose weight was guilty of employment discrimination, the country's human rights watchdog has said.
 South Korean Concern Fined For Forced Slimming Drive
South Korean Concern Fined For Forced Slimming Drive
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The National Human Rights Commission accepted an appeal by a 31-year-old researcher at an unidentified electronics parts company, who quit his job after three months because he was pressured to slim down.

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It ordered the company to pay five million won ($4,480) in compensation.

The commission said in a statement that as soon as the man joined the firm last April, he was named one of five obese employees forced to join exercise programmes monitored by department chiefs.

The company said its slimming programme was voluntary, but the rights body cited e-mails from the vice president which named employees who failed to lose weight.

The e-mails ordered company bosses to monitor slimming efforts and urged obese employees to submit resignations in advance in case they failed to meet the weight loss target.

The commission said the firm required workers to get physical checkups and to give reasons if they failed to jog three times a day.

Source: AFP
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