Sunday, September 6, 2015

Harassment discharge upheld in South Korea

A South Korean court has upheld the involuntary discharge of an officer who sexually harassed three female subordinates. According to this account in the Korea Herald:
The commander sexually molested two female first lieutenants and a female staff sergeant through words and acts, court documents showed. 
"Sexual harassment within the military inflicts severe mental pain on victims and undermines the discipline and morale of the military in consideration of the special characteristics of the military in which strict discipline is kept," the court said. "The level of the crime is serious as the accused took advantage of his status as a company commander to sexually harass the women soldiers repeatedly."
The decision refers to the officer's misconduct as a crime, but there is no suggestion that criminal sanctions were imposed. Can someone in South Korea clarify this? [Real names only, please.]

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