The court judged that the reprimand against the elementary school principal who sexually harassed school staff was justified.
According to law enforcement officials on the 13th, the first administrative government of the Gwangju District Law (presiding judge Jeon Kyu-chang, chief judge) dismissed Mr. A’s claim in a lawsuit for canceling the reprimand against the Gwangju City Superintendent.
Mr. A sexually harassed faculty members three times from March 2016 to March 2019 while working as the principal of a Gwangju elementary school. Mr. A aroused shame by telling faculty B,’Call the senior manager as an older brother and pour a drink’ at a dinner at the new faculty welcome party.
Mr. A said to Mr. C, a faculty member who came to say hello to the principal’s office,’in the past, female teachers were not allowed to wear skirts’, while in the faculty’s office, he said to a certain employee,’I don’t think you’re very difficult at work. I had to lose weight, but I didn’t.’
During business discussions at the principal’s office, Mr. A expressed his reluctance to come to school and said,’There are a lot of pretty girls in our school’. Mr. A was reprimanded for such disciplinary reasons (violation of duty to maintain dignity). Mr. A objected to the disposition and filed a lawsuit when he was dismissed.
The judge said, “Some reasons for disciplinary punishment are hard to be regarded as ignoring the other person’s personality or as abusive or inappropriate remarks that can cause trauma. However, the remarks to pour alcohol and call him brother are enough to be seen as an act that can make you feel sexually humiliated or disgusted.”
The judge said, “The principal, Mr. A, made a sexual harassment remark against the rank teacher in a superior position against other teachers, despite the obligation to maintain strict dignity. The lowest level of disciplinary action, reprimand, is reasonable. “The public interest of eradicating sexual misconduct by public officials and establishing discipline in public office cannot be seen as less than the disadvantages that Mr. A suffers.”
Reporter Kim Kyung-ho [email protected]
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