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Human Rights Watchdog: Overseas Adoptees Must Be Treated as Native Speakers Updated: 2010-12-30 12:00:00 KST

Human Rights Watchdog: Overseas Adoptees Must Be Treated as Native Speakers
The National Human Rights Commission of Korea has ruled that it's discriminatory not to treat Koreans adopted overseas as native speakers of their adopted language when they apply for teaching jobs in Korea.
The human rights watchdog issued the ruling on Thursday in the case of a 30-year-old person who was adopted as an infant by a US family.
The person, a native speaker of English identified by the initial "W," was teaching at an English village in Korea, but under a contract meant for native Koreans and was paid some 7 to 10 million won a year less than the amount normally earned by native English speakers.
The human rights commission said it was discriminatory to offer "W" a different contract based simply on his or her appearance, and advised the English village to take steps to prevent such cases in the future, and compensate the teacher for the difference in pay.
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