Woman Wins Wage Suit in Japan
TOKYO (AP) _ A Japanese court on Wednesday ruled in favor of a woman who sued a major pharmaceuticals company over wage discrimination, saying women should get the same pay as men.
The Osaka District court ordered Shionogi and Co. to pay Hisami Naka about $260,000 in compensation for discrimination suffered over a decade, a court official said.
Naka, 56, claimed that Shionogi paid her less than male colleagues merely because she was a woman. She had demanded $402,000.
Naka joined Shionogi in 1965 and worked there for 30 years before retiring in 1995.
Presiding judge Tetsuoh Matsumoto was quoted by the Asahi Shimbun as saying that companies ``should pay women the same wages as men as far as they request women to do the same job in quality and quantity.″
Asahi said a total of 18 disputes related to wage discrimination are now in courts throughout the nation.
``I am delighted by the ruling as the court recognized my claim,″ Naka said in a nationally televised news conference.
Shionogi said in a statement that it ``will decide what action it will take after studying the content of the ruling carefully.″