China moves on sexual harassment cases

March 3rd, 2008 - 10:16 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, March 3 (Xinhua) China’s legal experts have suggested employers should also be held responsible for sexual harassment at work places and be punished. In a joint report by the China Law Society, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and the anti-work place sexual harassment project team, the experts clarified the definition of sexual harassment and the scope of compensation in sexual harassment lawsuits, the China Women’s Daily said Monday, without giving details.

“Work place is where sexual harassment frequently occurs,” said Tang Can, a researcher with the Institute of Sociology of CASS. “Departments and employers must also be responsible for preventing such offences.”

The revised Shanghai Municipal Measures for Implementing China’s Law on Protection of Women’s Rights stipulated that the offence includes verbal abuse, written text, pictures, text messaging and physical contact.

The new measure also allows victims the right to lodge complaints with the employer, concerned departments and public security organizations for not taking preventive measures.

The joint report will be tabled at the upcoming 11th National People’s Congress, the country’s top legislature, according to the daily.

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