TOKYO (AP) — A worker at major Japanese sportswear maker Asics told a Tokyo court Thursday that he is suing the company to counter the idea that a man’s place is at work and a woman’s is in the home.
The father of two bowed and stood before three judges at a hearing in the Tokyo District Court, which is handling the case on “pata-hara,” or paternity harassment.
He is requesting anonymity for fear of further retribution.
His lawsuit is one of the first of its kind in Japan.
The man, whose sons are now 4 and 1, was initially assigned to a sales-marketing section at Asics, where he rubbed shoulders with athletes. After his first paternity leave, in 2015, he was assigned to a warehouse, according to his lawsuit. After he hurt his shoulder, he was assigned to his current job where he says he is forced to sit and do little.