Alibaba fired a woman who claimed sexual assault

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Alibaba, a Chinese e-commerce company, has dismissed a woman who claimed a coworker and a client sexually abused her. According to the dismissal letter, she promoted lies that harmed the company’s reputation.

In August, the employee went public with her claims after alleging that Alibaba had neglected to take action.

She said the attacks occurred during a work trip. After that, the coworker was fired, but the criminal case against him was dismissed. The customer is still believed to be the subject of a police inquiry.

According to the employee, she was sacked late last month, according to the government-backed daily Dahe Daily. 

The lady claimed that her colleague, who had a more senior managerial position in the firm, forced her to fly to Jinan for a customer meeting. She said that her bosses had ordered her to drink alcohol with coworkers at dinner.

She said that the client kissed her on the evening of July 27. She then recalls waking up the next day in her hotel room without her clothes on and with no memory of the previous night.

According to the lady, she received the surveillance camera footage which showed the coworker entering her room four times during the evening. After returning to Hangzhou, the lady stated that she had reported the event to Alibaba’s human resources (HR) department and senior management and that she had demanded that the coworker be dismissed. She stated that while human resources first consented to the request, no further action was taken.

Following a public outpouring of rage, Alibaba fired the coworker, named only as Mr Wang.

Even though Mr Wang’s case will not be heard, authorities have allowed the arrest of the client who allegedly attacked the victim. He has been given the surname Zhang. Mr Zhang is also said to have been sacked by his employer.

This recent development is expected to stir similar arguments in China, which is dealing with its problems.

This recent incident is expected to elicit similar arguments in China, which is coping with its #MeToo movement.

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