EOC helps FDW to sue employer for alleged sexual harassment

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The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) said Tuesday it issued legal proceedings on behalf of a foreign domestic worker who alleged that her former employer sexually harassed her.

In a statement on Tuesday, the EOC said the helper was allegedly harassed by her employer several times over the course of her employment, including entering the bathroom naked while she took a shower and masturbating in front of her.

The employer also reportedly made unwelcome sexual requests and remarks to the helper as well as walked around naked while the helper was present.

The suit was filed under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap. 480) in the District Court.

“By taking this case to court, the EOC hopes to raise public awareness that sexual harassment against foreign domestic helpers in the workplace is unlawful and will attract serious legal consequences,” the EOC said.

The commission said it received 519 sexual harassment complaints, reportedly 45% of all the complaints the EOC received under the ordinance.