Nurse Seong Oh, 57, was discharged from his position at Auckland City Hospital after hugging a fellow nurse “too tightly” in Feb. 2021, Stuff.co.nz reported. Oh allegedly greeted a coworker with a hug before holding tightly onto their waist and then brushing their cheek, according to an Auckland District Court hearing.
While Judge Tony Fitzgerald said the hospital had a culture of hugging, the female coworker reportedly felt that Oh was trying to kiss her.
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Oh reportedly attempted to apologize as the nurse left the area to inform a supervisor. Oh previously admitted to a charge of indecent assault. Judge Fitzgerald added that a tribunal hearing will dictate if Oh must surrender his nursing registration. If convicted, Oh will also be unable to visit his elderly father within the U.S.
“Don’t touch your colleagues unless you are confident that they are happy with, and expecting, that physical contact,” Maeltzer, a partner at the Auckland law firm Hesketh Henry, told Scrubs Magazine. “That’s just a life rule.
“On the other side of it, if you feel uncomfortable with an interaction with a colleague, you should raise your concerns.https://www.ajc.com/pulse/nurse-fired-for-hugging-coworker-in-new-zealand/EV4MTE7VRNF45HK3DPOYATIPII/What do yall think?
Is the firing justified?
Did the hugged coworker overreact?
I think that they could have just given him a written warning UNLESS he has a history of hugging coworkers AND making them feel uncomfortable.
I cannot say that she overreacted
I DON'T allow strangers to hug me, nor coworkers or the people at church [at least when I used to go].
Folks really should respect folks' space and keep their hands to themselves.