NOVA Socialization Policy Ruled Illegal

On 24 December 2004, judgment was passed at Osaka District Court in an unfair dismissal case brought against Nova by a General Union member.

This was the first time Nova's policy has been judged upon by a court of law. Although the plaintiff was found to have not been unfairly dismissed for other reasons, the court had this to say about Nova's controversial, non-socialization policy: 'A comprehensive prohibition as in this clause forbidding socialization cannot be held to be necessary.' ...'Forbidding in advance in a comprehensive manner any socialization between English conversation teachers and students in order to prevent trouble and disciplining for a violation of this rule cannot be admitted as fair or socially acceptable.' Does this mean that the socialization policy is dead? No, but it will put NOVA off dismissing teachers using the socialization policy. In the end, it will be one more tool the union can use to get NOVA to withdraw this policy.


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