A 28-year-old woman who was fired for allegedly pocketing prizes that were meant for readers is suing her former employer, Tokyo-based Akita Publishing Co., for 3.3 million yen (approx. $33,200) in compensation. The woman claims she was fired because she dared to point out that the manga company was lying about the prizes they were giving away.
The company which publishes Mystery Bonita, Princess, plus other manga magazines aimed at young girls, currently has a case with the Consumer Affairs Agency after it was discovered they were overstating the number of prizes they were giving away. The gifts include barrettes with ribbons and even two Nintendo DS Lite consoles and six 10,000 yen gift certificates. The woman’s lawsuit claims that when she discovered the inflation of the number of prizes and she called the attention of her immediate boss but was told to keep quiet about it. When she insisted on it, that’s when she started receiving verbal harassment from her supervisor and co-workers. They also tried to force her to quit by overworking her to the point that she was experiencing health problems as well.
When she went on medical leave on February 2012 for an adjustment disorder, the company then told her she was going to be fired because of “disciplinary reasons” and a month later, she was issued her dismissal papers. She said she had always dreamt of working for a manga publication but her experience with Akita has traumatized her. “I have never stolen any gifts. I have not received any apologies and I can’t forgive the company,” she adamantly said during a press conference to announce the filing of the lawsuit.
[via Japan Times]