Se­nior man­ager sus­pended over sex­ual ha­rass­ment

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A se­nior man­ager at a China Min­sheng Bank Corp Bei­jing branch has been sus­pended af­ter he was ac­cused of try­ing to force a fe­male em­ployee to meet him in a ho­tel for a sex­ual en­counter.

The dis­ci­plinary sec­tion of the branch said it had looked into the mat­ter when WeChat mes­sages be­tween the two were dis­cov­ered, and the com­pany will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate, ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Le­gal Evening News on Wed­nes­day.

The dis­ci­plinary of­fice could not be reached for a com­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the man­ager’s third-quar­ter bonus was can­celed.

The in­ci­dent brought pub­lic at­ten­tion im­me­di­ately af­ter the mes­sages went vi­ral on Thurs­day.

Ac­cord­ing to on­line me­dia re­ports, the deputy man­ager of a man­age­ment bureau sur­named Guan asked a fe­male con­tract em­ployee to come to a ho­tel lobby to meet him for a cup of tea on the morn­ing of Aug 17.

Guan asked her re­peat­edly for a re­ply to his in­vi­ta­tion for a chat and pro­posed a few ho­tels for her to de­cide.

Ac­cord­ing to the mes­sages, on Sept 7, the fe­male em­ployee replied to Guan’s ques­tion: “What do you think of what I told you yes­ter­day?” She said in re­sponse: “What thought can I have? Aren’t you go­ing to fire me?”

The fe­male em­ployee posted another mes­sage in the com­pany’s so­cial me­dia chat group an­nounc­ing that she quit her job and didn’t want to work with the boss be­cause he has moral is­sues.

Peng Jin, a lawyer spe­cial­iz­ing in civil af­fairs lit­i­ga­tion at Yi Fa Law Firm in Bei­jing, said reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing work­place ha­rass­ment should be in place to pro­vide grounds for pun­ish­ment and penal­ties.

“All work­ers’ rights are pro­tected un­der the Crim­i­nal Law and the La­bor Law. How­ever, not all as­sault ac­tiv­i­ties at work­places are pun­ish­able un­der le­gal pro­vi­sions,” she said.

“There­fore, re­lated reg­u­la­tions should be writ­ten into em­ployee hand­books to pro­vide means for work­ers to file com­plaints. Mean­while, de­part­ments for over­see­ing work­place ha­rass­ment should be set up to im­ple­ment the reg­u­la­tions.”

She noted that the work­ers’ union at a work­place and the women’s union of a re­gion are also the ap­pro­pri­ate or­ga­ni­za­tions to ad­dress such is­sues.

In a sep­a­rate ha­rass­ment case in­volv­ing Bank of China In­ter­na­tional Hold­ings Ltd, a fe­male em­ployee in Hong Kong filed a law­suit against the com­pany’s se­nior ex­ec­u­tive for be­ing de­prived of a bonus af­ter she turned down sex­ual re­quests. The case is about to be tried this month, ac­cord­ing to a news re­port by Caixin mag­a­zine.

All work­ers’ rights are pro­tected un­der the Crim­i­nal Law and the La­bor Law. How­ever, not all as­sault ac­tiv­i­ties at work­places are pun­ish­able un­der le­gal pro­vi­sions.” Peng Jin, lawyer at Yi Fa Law Firm in Bei­jing Test runs of a sus­pen­sion rail­way cabin fea­tur­ing panda im­ages be­gin in Ziyang, Sichuan prov­ince, on Thurs­day. The cabin, the first of its kind in Sichuan, can ac­com­mo­date 144 pas­sen­gers and runs at a max­i­mum speed of 65 kilo­me­ters per hour. The sus­pen­sion rail­way is ex­pected to re­lieve traf­fic con­ges­tion in cities, ex­perts said.

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