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Damages for sexual harassment

A LOCAL court has ruled that a man should pay his victim over 98,000 yuan (US$15,000) for verbal sexual harassment.

The case is the first of its kind in the city since the Civil Code of China took effect on January 1.

It defines sexual harassment in China for the first time. It says anyone who harasses others sexually via spoken or written language, images or behavior should bear civil liability.

The Yangpu District People’s Court said that in August 2019 and March last year, the man had harassed a colleague almost every day through text messages with obscene content.

In March, she sought the help of her company and it obtained a written guarantee there would be no more contact.

However, two months later the man phoned her at night, after which she took sick leave.

Although he again wrote his guarantee, the woman called the police.

In June, police detained the man for seven days and fined him 200 yuan. His victim sued for compensation for medical treatment, and loss of work.

The court granted her claim yesterday and said she should get a formal written apology. The names of both plaintiff and defendant have been withheld.




 

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