A while back, I wrote about the plight of fellow blogger ZenKimchi, who found himself facing a libel suit filed by his former employer after he blogged about his horrendous experiences with her – which apparently included not receiving due pay, and verbal and physical abuse.
While he reports that not much has happened with the case, the (hopefully) good news is that local media have picked up on it – ZK says the Korea Herald did on article on him a while back, and a piece detailing his harrying experience came out in the JoongAng Daily this week:
In the expatriate community, tales of foreign teachers not being paid by their hagwon, or private language institutes, are all too familiar. Some teachers even end up filing cases with regional labor offices to get their money, in what can be a long, drawn-out process.
What’s less common is for teachers to be sued for libel when they go public trying to help others avoid their fate.
But it does happen, and the teacher may suddenly find himself at risk of deportation, which can happen if a fine of more than 2 million won ($2,156) is imposed by the court. In this situation, getting the unpaid salary is hardly the priority it once was.