Chemical producer Kaneka Corp. faces allegations of harassment after an employee returned from paternity leave to find that he — and, one presumes, his family — was being transferred to a different branch in another part of the country.

Condemnation on social media was swift, with many criticizing the company for its management style.

In an interview with Business, the employee and his wife revealed the sequence of events that led to this firestorm. The employee, whose name has not been disclosed, started his paternity leave on March 25 and returned to work on April 22. On April 23, the employee had a meeting with his boss, who informed him that he was being transferred to the company's Kansai branch, effective May 16.