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Posted by elliefilet AKP STAFF Friday, June 22, 2018

INX win lawsuit against label for poor treatment and working conditions

Five-member boy group INX have won their lawsuit against their label for poor treatment and working conditions.

On June 22, it was reported INX won the suit to terminate their contract with their agency at the Seoul District Court on the 20th. According to reports, the boy group's agency kept decreasing their agency staff, making it difficult for the members to get support in terms of managers, transportation, and vocal and dance lessons. They were expected to pay for their own hair and makeup costs along with cosmetic procedures under the guise of "self management."

The group also had to rent an aerobics classroom to rehearse, and the password to the room was often changed, which limited their access. Furthermore, the agency did not provide monetary support for food or household items at their dorm, telling the members, "You won't die just because you skipped one meal." When a staff member spoke up to say the agency should pay for the group's meals, the staff member was promptly fired.

For their overseas promotions in Japan and Taiwan, INX were not accompanied by managers or staff, having to promote themselves. This lack of security led to the members suffering frequent instances of sexual harassment at events. The head of the agency would often intimidate the members as well, stating, "If you don't listen, I'll destroy your chances in this industry." The members were also threatened with a massive fine if they would dare to breach their contract.

In spite of their efforts, INX is said to have never been paid for any of their activities. When they took the case to court, the judge found their exclusive contract invalid as the company had not met their contractual obligations.

INX made their debut in 2016 with the digital single "Alright", and their last release was "2gether" in 2017.
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