July 16, 2019 08:33
A new law against workplace bullying took effect Tuesday after a six-month grace period to save workers from all kinds of harassment by their superiors and peers.
Harassment like constant messages from bosses after clocking out or being forced to drink copious amounts of alcohol at obligatory gatherings had mostly been overlooked.
The new law defines workplace bullying as inflicting physical or mental suffering or making the working environment unpleasant when employers or workers abuse their status or power and act beyond the proper scope of work. It covers all workers, so even when an employee harasses another at the same level of seniority, it protects the victim.
If workplace bullying is reported, employers are required to investigate immediately and take proper action to help the victims. If victims who report their tormentors suffer retaliation, employers could face up to three years behind bars or a fine of up to W30 million (US$1=W1,180).
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