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Sacked sex 'victim' loses claim for his job

AN alleged victim of sexual harassment has lost his claim for unfair dismissal from Dell China in Shanghai but won 10 days' salary from the company, Changning District People's Court ruled today.

The Shanghai branch of Dell China was ordered to pay 4,400 yuan (US$644) to the former employee surnamed Xin, 34, who was a senior analyst earning 12,000 yuan a month.

Xin told the court that a woman colleague from Southeast Asia often came over to his desk to touch him, sent him pornographic messages and even suggested marrying him in front of workmates.

Xin took her behavior as sexual harassment and reported it his department director. After an inconclusive investigation, Dell separated their offices in 2007, but Xin still suffered her advances and asked the company to sack her last June.

When the company refused, Xin used Dell's global network system to send e-mails to more than 50 colleagues asking for evidence against the woman. The company fired him for improper conduct two days later.


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