Whistle-blower wins in Olympus appeal

The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday reversed a lower court ruling and ordered Olympus Corp. to pay damages to an employee who argued that the company transferred him to different sections in retaliation for blowing the whistle on his boss.

In awarding ¥2.2 million in damages to the man from his employer and boss, presiding Judge Kenta Suzuki also confirmed that Masaharu Hamada, 50, is not obliged to work in the newly assigned sections, overturning a January 2010 Tokyo District Court rejection of his claim.

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