Guangzhou specifies sexual harassment in amended regs

14:32, May 27, 2010      

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Guangzhou city in south China's Guangdong Province has for the first time provided specifications for sexual harassment in its amended regulations on the protection of women's rights and interests, the "Guangzhou Daily" reports.

The amendment will make it easier to enforce the country's Law on the Protection of Women's Rights, which has provided a legal basis for sexual harassment cases since 2005, yet has lacked a clear definition of harassment.

Taking effect next Tuesday, the regulation stipulates the prohibition of harassing women through language, writings, body contact, pictures or text messages. It also says females are entitled to request that their employers write preventive measures of such behavior into their employment contracts.

Although finding evidence of sexual harassment in the workplace is usually very difficult and has become an obstacle for women in maintaining their legal rights, the Guangzhou Women's Union said it would be able to take relevant action under the new regulation even in instances when a sexual harassment complaint had not been proved.

Li Jianlan, President of the Guangzhou Women's Union, said Wednesday that her organization can request employers to take preventive measures or to stop certain behaviors if it receives a complaint from a female worker. She said this was the first such provision in China.

The union will also give specific suggestions to employers concerning complaints about sexual harassment, such as replacing a manager's wooden door with a transparent glass one, or transferring the victim to another department, Li said.

Source: CRIENGLISH.com

(Editor:梁军)

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