Woman executive of South Korea's Hyundai Motor resigns amid #MeToo wave: Yonhap

A Hyundai Motor's booth is seen near the Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza in Pyeongchang, South Korea, February 11, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - A female executive of South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor has resigned after being accused of pressuring female subordinates to pour drinks for, and dance with, senior male members of staff, the Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday.

The global #MeToo movement has accelerated in South Korea since January, spawning accusations of sexual misconduct and prosecution investigations of prominent figures.

Fear of reprisal has made South Koreans traditionally wary of being whistleblowers over harassment at family-run conglomerates that dominate the economy, with open accusations of this type far outnumbered by anonymous posts on the subject.

Yonhap, citing Hyundai Motor, said a female employee had made the accusation while preparing to leave the company, saying the woman executive had pressured her female subordinates to attend a drinking party with senior men and pour drinks.

She also accused the executive of pressuring the women to dance with men at a karaoke session, and said the men were in positions that could influence the female executive’s position in the corporation, Yonhap reported.

In a statement, Hyundai Motor said media reports on the issue did not reflect its views and policies.

“We will take appropriate actions on any irregularities or breaches by individuals within the company that do not ensure equality in the workplace,” it said, declining further comment.

Neither Hyundai Motor nor the news agency identified the executive.

Hyundai Motor had three female executives among its total of 298 executives by the end of 2017, regulatory filings show.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez