Japanese base worker compensated for mistreatment at Camp Zama
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Japanese officials have granted compensation to a Camp Zama fireman who developed mental disorders after an unfair suspension and pay cut, a Japanese labor union official said.
The December award is the first to a Japanese base worker for work-related mental disorders, said Hiroki Otogawa, general secretary of All Japan Garrison Forces labor Union’s Kanagawa district branch, the labor union for Japanese base workers.
The 44-year-old worker’s pay was cut by 40 percent during the suspension, which began in December 2015, and he wasn’t given a chance to defend himself, Tokyo Shimbun reported.
The man — diagnosed with several mental disorders, including depression — filed for workers’ compensation with the Japanese Labor Standards Office in March 2016.
The worker, who was accused of saying bad things about a supervisor, was cleared of all wrongdoing and returned to his job last July, said Otogawa, who added the man also received back wages to make up for the pay cut.
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