What is South Korea’s ‘gapjil’ culture of workplace harassment?

South Korea has long had a problem with toxic workplace culture. Bad behaviour from the rich and powerful towards their employees has become so commonplace in South Korea that society coined a new word for it – ‘gapjil’. The word is a portmanteau for when people in power (gap), abuse those they employ (eul). Government agencies, the police, civic groups and corporations are offering “gapjil hotlines” letting citizens blow the whistle on bad bosses, as per The New York Times.

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