A Canadian father who alleges he was bullied and fired by his Japanese employer after he tried to assert paternity depart appeared in a Tokyo court docket Wednesday to pursue his lawsuit towards the agency.
It’s the second paternity depart harassment case to be heard in Japan in current weeks, casting a uncommon highlight on the difficulty in a rustic fighting one of many world’s lowest start charges.
Glen Wooden, 49, a resident of Japan for 3 a long time, was working at brokerage home Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities when his son was born prematurely in October 2015.
Wooden says he utilized for paternity depart earlier than his son was born in Nepal, the place his accomplice was working, searching for to train a proper assured by Japanese regulation.
However, he says, the agency dragged its toes, and he even submitted a DNA take a look at to show his relation to his son.
“I knew it was a sort of old fashioned thinking type of company but I was still very surprised, even when it was an emergency and my son was in the ICU (intensive care unit), that they wouldn’t let me take paternity leave,” he informed AFP earlier than the listening to Wednesday.
“I think it was viewed really as an act of treason for a man to take paternity leave,” he added.
It was not till Christmas Day 2015 that he obtained approval to take depart and see his son.
Few take paternity depart
He returned to work in March 2016 after bringing his child to Japan however alleges he was subsequently sidelined at work, remedy he says contributed to him struggling despair and taking six months of medical depart.
When he returned, the agency put him on unpaid depart earlier than finally firing him.
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities has denied any harassment, and mentioned it helps the rights of staff to take their legally mandated parental depart.
However the case, first filed in 2017, comes at a time of heightened curiosity within the situation of so-called “pata-hara.”
Final month, a Tokyo court docket held the primary listening to within the case of a Japanese man suing sportswear maker Asics over allegations he was successfully demoted after taking paternity depart.
By regulation, Japan presents comparatively beneficiant parental depart. Each mother and father can take as much as a 12 months off, with extra renewable six-month intervals if a nursery place is unavailable.
However solely six % of fathers take parental depart, in comparison with greater than 80 % of moms who use their allowance past the necessary eight weeks after start.
The disparity, activists say, is partly as a consequence of strain from employers and a society that prizes lengthy work hours.
Among the many small variety of males in Japan who take paternity depart, greater than 70 % are away for lower than a fortnight.
The Japanese authorities lately introduced it hopes to extend the proportion of males who take paternity depart to 13 per cent by 2020.
There have been solely a handful of fits introduced in Japan by alleged victims of pata-hara, with judges tending to favour employers due to the issue in proving that perceived mistreatment was triggered by staff taking depart, legal professionals say.
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