Nova's ban on dating violates rights

OSAKA (Kyodo) A teacher and former teacher of Nova Corp. filed a complaint Friday with the Osaka Bar Association claiming their human rights have been violated by the company's policy of banning dating between foreign teachers and students.

The complaint was filed by American Robert Bisom, 59, and a 46-year-old Australian who used to work at a Nova school. The English-language school operator has a clause in its labor contract that says foreign teachers "should not have a relationship with customers outside the workplace," according to the complaint. In the past, there have been two cases in which teachers were fired because they got engaged to their students. The complainants are calling for the clause to be scrapped, arguing it is racial discrimination because it only applies to foreigners. Bisom also filed a complaint with the Osaka Prefecture Regional Labor Relations Commission saying Nova did not grant him a pay raise because he was active in the union. The Japan Times: March 1, 2003 (C) All rights reserved


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