A South Korean court Tuesday ruled in favour of employees who complained that surveillance TV cameras installed by bosses caused them excessive stress at work.
The Seoul Administrative Court said in a statement the 12 workers were suffering from "adjustment disorder" caused by severe stress due to tight surveillance and discrimination.
Adjustment disorder is an abnormal and excessive reaction to stress.
The 12 unionised workers at a Seoul electronics plant filed suit against the state-run Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service after it denied them compensation and medical treatment.
Following a 2002 labour dispute, the workers said, their company installed extra closed-circuit cameras at assembly lines and on rooftops, putting the unionists under tight surveillance all day long.
"It is admitted that the complainants have received severe mental stress from surveillance and control and discrimination against them, including surveillance through cameras," the court said in its statement.
It ordered the welfare agency to grant the workers compensation and medical treatment. An agency official said it was considering an appeal.