Seoul Philharmonic employees ask for president’s ouster

Posted on: December 8, 2014

“Employees from the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra released a statement on Tuesday appealing for the expulsion of Park Hyun-jung, their current president,” writes Yim Seung-Hye in Wednesday’s (12/3) Korea JoongAng Daily (South Korea). “Park was appointed to head the city-run orchestra in February 2013. Her term expires in January 2016. Seventeen employees among 30 from the management department of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra insisted in their release that Park’s ‘abusive language and sexual harassment’ was in violation of their personal rights and that she had ‘consistently abused her authority on human resources affairs.’ The employees said they would request an inspection from the Seoul Metropolitan Government over those issues.… Since Park’s appointment in February, 13 employees have left the company, according to the statement, which accounts for 48 percent of those employed in the management department. The press release also described in detail how Park had supposedly insulted and harassed her subordinates … [and] abused her authority as a president by revising the organization’s provision of personnel, and hiring her friends’ children or her students without going through proper employment channels…. Park announced that she will hold a press conference on Wednesday. She is the orchestra’s first female chief executive.”

Posted December 8, 2014