Toyota reaches settlement over employee suicide

Japanese automaker Toyota says it has reached a settlement with the family of an employee who committed suicide after enduring harassment from his boss.

The 28-year-old was employed at the company's vehicle design section and took his life in 2017. It happened after he returned to work following a leave of absence for mental health issues.

Labor authorities determined in 2019 that his boss's harassment was a cause of his death.

Toyota says it reached a settlement with his family in April. It says President Toyoda Akio visited them to give his apologies.

The company also paid an undisclosed sum.

Toyota says the company told the family the steps it is taking to prevent something like this from happening again. These include establishing a consultation center for employees and further supporting its harassment hotline.