Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Victorious reconciliation! “Only-in-name managers” lawsuit against staffing company “Goodwill”

On October 5, 2010, the Tokyo Young Contingent Workers' Union held a press conference on a victorious reconciliation in a lawsuit against a major staffing company Goodwill at the press club of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The seventeen plaintiffs demanded the company pay unpaid wages including overtime (Goodwill disbanded during the lawsuit), and a reconciliation was reached in the lawsuit on the payment of settlement money to all of the plaintiffs on September 29 at Civil Affairs Section 11, the Tokyo District Court. The amount of the settlement was acceptable for all of them. Goodwill insisted that the plaintiffs who were branch managers “fall under the category of supervisors in terms of the Labor Standards Act and have no back wages”. However, the settlement amount reflected hours worked that were calculated based on evidence brought by the plaintiffs to a certain extent. (Takeda Atsushi)


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