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Court Rules Disabled Person Sitting Sideways in Public Bus is Discrimination

Court Rules Disabled Person Sitting Sideways in Public Bus is Discrimination

SEOUL, April 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A recent court decision ruled that the seat structure designed for disabled persons in public buses, which obliges them sit sideways rather than facing forward, amounts to an act of discrimination. The Supreme Court announced Thursday the conclusion of a lawsuit filed by a disabled person against a transportation [...]

Seoul Court Orders N. Korea, Leader Kim to Pay Damages to Family of Korean War Abductee

Seoul Court Orders N. Korea, Leader Kim to Pay Damages to Family of Korean War Abductee

SEOUL, March 26 (Korea Bizwire) — A Seoul court has ordered North Korea and leader Kim Jong-un to compensate a family member of a South Korean who was abducted to the North during the 1950-53 Korean War. The plaintiff, identified by his surname Choi, filed a damages suit in December over the policeman father who [...]

Conscientious Objector Acquitted After Refusing Reservist Training for Nonreligious Reason

Conscientious Objector Acquitted After Refusing Reservist Training for Nonreligious Reason

SEOUL, Feb. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – In the first ruling of its kind, South Korea’s top court on Thursday upheld lower courts’ acquittal of a man charged with refusing to fulfill mandatory reservist duty for nonreligious reasons. The Supreme Court approved lower courts’ verdicts of not guilty for the man indicted for violating the Homeland [...]

Court Orders Online Shopping Malls to Pay Compensation for Discrimination Against Visually-impaired People

Court Orders Online Shopping Malls to Pay Compensation for Discrimination Against Visually-impaired People

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — Three major online shopping site operators have been ordered by a South Korean court to pay compensation for discrimination against visually-impaired people. In a collective suit filed against SSG.com, Lotte Mart and e-Bay Korea by about 960 visually-impaired people, the Seoul Central District Court ruled partially in favor of [...]

Appellate Court Rejects Mitsubishi Heavy’s Appeals Against Asset Seizure Order

Appellate Court Rejects Mitsubishi Heavy’s Appeals Against Asset Seizure Order

DAEJEON, Feb. 16 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean appellate court has dismissed Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ appeal against a lower court’s order to seize its assets held here to compensate victims of Japan’s wartime forced labor, judicial officials said Tuesday. The Daejeon District Court’s appellate division in the central South Korean city made [...]

Top Court Upholds Guilty Convictions of Samsung Executives in Union-busting Case

Top Court Upholds Guilty Convictions of Samsung Executives in Union-busting Case

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the guilty convictions of dozens of former and current Samsung executives accused of sabotaging labor union activities at a subsidiary company in 2013. The court confirmed a 16-month prison sentence for Kang Kyung-hoon, a vice president at Samsung Electronics Co., on charges of [...]

3 Officials from McDonald’s Supplier Get Suspended Sentences for Selling Tainted Patties

3 Officials from McDonald’s Supplier Get Suspended Sentences for Selling Tainted Patties

SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Three officials from a burger patty supplier for McDonald’s Korea were given suspended prison sentences by a local court Tuesday for providing patties potentially contaminated with E. coli to the local unit of the global fast-food giant. A managing director of the supplier, whose name was withheld, and two [...]