【Report】The Legal Issues in Women’s Labour—What can be appeared from the gender wage discrimination case in Chugoku Electric Power Company and its appeal court decision
“The Legal Issues in Women’s Labour—What can be appeared from the gender wage discrimination case in Chugoku Electric Power Company and its appeal court decision” was held on June 20, 2014 at Shin-Senzankan, Japan Women’s University. The case concerning gender wage discrimination at Chugoku Electric Power Company has been taken to the Supreme Court where the trial is still ongoing.
We welcomed Ms. Mitsuko Miyachi, an attorney involved in the gender wage discrimination case, who presented a detailed report on the history of gender wage discrimination trials in Japan, the significance of the Chugoku Electric Power Company case, efforts toward a Supreme Court decision, and other related matters. The plaintiff in this case, Ms. Shinobu Nagasako from Hiroshima, and supporter Mr. Go Morita participated as well. Ms. Nagasako spoke about her thoughts regarding the court battle which has lasted several years and her determination to get a Supreme Court decision, receiving a big round of applause from the audience. In addition, supporter Mr. Go Morita who has fought alongside Ms. Nagasako delivered a powerful message. We also understood how important the trial is. Chicago University professor Kazuo Yamaguchi who wrote a statement for the Supreme Court when the case was taken to its final appeal was also in attendance.
The symposium served to address what is necessary and what must be done in order to eliminate gender bias from the judicial and corporate worlds and reduce the gender gap.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in today’s event.