Yoo Jae Suk’s attorney told Ilgan Sports on November 9 that Yoo Jae Suk is asserting that entertainers are indeed subcontractors that have the right to directly claim their wages, contrary to the court’s decision. Yoo Jae Suk originally brought the case to the courts against his former agency STOM E&F for roughly 600 million won (approximately $530,131) in unpaid wages in 2010 alone.
According to Yoo Jae Suk’s claims, the law can be interpreted that entertainers can bypass the agency and receive their contractual wages directly from the broadcasting companies. Additionally, such an interpretation can guarantee that the entertainers who would otherwise be powerless will receive their proper wages regardless of any issues their agencies may be facing.
The attorney further went on to state his shock at how hard Yoo Jae Suk is fighting, not just for himself, but for his fellow entertainers. He said, “Yoo Jae Suk told me, ‘There are a lot of entertainers who are having this same problem. They’ve requested a stipulation be added to the conditions of their contracts that in the case of a civil suit, it will be handled at little cost to them.'”
He continued, “If Yoo Jae Suk wins this appeal (thereby stating that entertainers can in fact be considered as subcontractors), it will have an impact on other similar cases. Due to the Korean tendency as a society toward vertical relationships, the weaker party between two people have a hard time speaking their grievances. Such a victory would grant them the opportunity to be guaranteed their rights and interests.”
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