Alibaba fires employee who accused boss of rape

Alibaba fires employee who accused boss of rape
# 12 December 2021 21:20 (UTC +04:00)

Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba has fired a woman who accused her boss and a client of sexually assaulting her, APA reports citing BBC.

The dismissal letter said she had spread falsehoods that had damaged the company's reputation.

The employee went public with her allegations in August because she said Alibaba had failed to take action. She says she was sexually assaulted on a business trip.

Her boss was then sacked, but a criminal case against him was dropped.

The client is still thought to be under police investigation.

The well-publicised case has highlighted the harassment faced by women in the workplace in China.

The employee told government-backed newspaper Dahe Daily that she was fired late last month. It published a copy of what she said was her termination letter.

The letter said she had spread false information about the assault and about the company not handling the case.

It added this "caused strong social concern and had a bad impact on the company".

The employee was quoted as saying: "I have not made any mistakes, and certainly will not accept this result, and in the future will use legal means to protect my rights and interests."

The woman's lawyer confirmed her dismissal to the New York Times.

Alibaba, China's largest e-commerce firm, has not yet commented on her dismissal.

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