I worked for a privately owned Avalon English Institute school located in Ilsan, South Korea. The owner was in charge of three Avalon campuses including ILSAN, South Korea. His name is Mr. Chey. If you are interviewed for one of his schools you will probably be called by a man named John Kim. Mr. Kim worked for UBC (University of British Columbia) for 15 years. So his English is spot on until issues with money arise. "Mr. Kim when will I receive my pay? It's late again." His response "Sorry can you repeat that. I don't understand what you mean." He did this with late pay and when new teachers asked him about pension.
The outstanding debt is well over 10's of millions of won! Contracts were ending and teachers were promised their pension and severance after they returned home. They still have not received their money. Another teacher (foreign) is owed roughly 7 million won (severance, flight, last pay cheque....). Late pay happened through the year as well (not just at the end of contracts). Instead of paying the deserved 2.2 million won Ilsan Avalon English Institute would pay 50,000 won. Let's convert that: Instead of getting the $2000 deserved, they paid out $50. And they thought they are doing the teachers a favor!!! That's not enough to live off of !
The Labor Office in Seoul was visited by the teachers many times. Only small amounts of money and empty promises were made. The foreign teachers refused to work until they were paid. Mr. Chey said he would sue these teachers (he had the labor office tell them). He said the teachers were breaching their contract and that it would ruin his school. He had an enrollment of over 300 students and still couldn't pay his employees (Korean and foreign).
Mr. Chey still owns the ILSAN Avalon English Institute branch. With Social Networking sites like Facebook, the foreign teachers spoke quite often. The information above was happening at all three schools.
John Kim's email address: email@example.com
Address: Location: 2~5FL, 1059-2, Ilsan-dong, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si