By Karen Singh Sep 17, Durban - Female Toyota South Africa Motors employees in Durban fear that they may also fall prey the unwanted sexual advances of a male employee in a management position after he allegedly sexually harassed an assistant manager since the beginning of the year. The employee said according to company policy, minor sexual harassment issues lead to a final written warning and serious ones similar to the one committed should result in a suspension and then dismissal. The employee said Toyota has abdicated on its duty to protect its female employees from an unsafe working environment. TSAM management confirmed that they were made aware of a complaint relating to sexual harassment against the individual in question.
Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota, the world's second-biggest automaker, however, said in a press release Friday that the terms of settlement could not be released because of mutual agreement to keep them confidential. Otaka has since stepped down as the president and chief executive of Toyota's U. Otaka has said he is innocent.
The president of the North American arm of Toyota, the world's second-biggest carmaker, resigned yesterday over allegations that he had sexually harassed his former assistant. Mr Otaka, 65, denies the claims but said he believed staying on as Toyota North America's CEO and president would harm the firm's interests as it tries to overtake General Motors as the world's largest carmaker. Ms Kobayashi, 42, alleges that Mr Otaka arranged for them to be alone on business trips, had her accompany him to social functions, and groped her at a hotel in Washington DC and in New York's Central Park. She claimed he gave her unwanted gifts, boasted of his extramarital affairs and said he wanted her to have his child. When Ms Kobayashi threatened to go public, Toyota executives reportedly told her to resolve the matter privately.
Kobayashi had worked as an assistant to Hideaki Otaka, who served until May as president and chief executive of Toyota Motor North America, which oversees the company's manufacturing and financial operations from New York. Terms of the settlement, announced in a joint statement by Toyota and lawyers for Ms. Kobayashi, were not disclosed.