October 12 2011
On August 31 2011 the Tokyo High Court rendered a highly significant judgment in the Olympus case, which concerned a company's internal transfer of an employee.
An employee blew the whistle internally on the employer's possible solicitation of a worker from a client. After the whistleblowing incident, the company transferred the employee internally from one section to another.
On January 15 2010 the Tokyo District Court ruled that the internal transfer by the company was valid. However, the Tokyo High Court overruled this decision and held that the internal transfer was null and void. In essence, the Tokyo High Court ruled that:
Moreover, it was found that:
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