Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba mentioned Monday that it has fired a manager who was accused of rape by one other employee of the company.
In addition to the termination, two different senior managers, Li Yonghe and Xu Kun have resigned, CEO Daniel Zhang said in a memo to workers.
The fallout comes after a feminine employee posted an 11-page account on Alibaba’s inside web site saying her boss, Wang Chengwen, and a shopper sexually assaulted her.
The girl alleged that Wang pressured her to drink excessively, then kissed and groped her in opposition to her will.
She additionally claimed her superiors and human resources on the company didn’t take the matter severely within the 5 days since she reported it.
Zhang, Alibaba’s chief govt, mentioned that Wang “confessed that there were intimate acts with [her] while she was inebriated.”
“He will be fired and never be rehired. Whether he has committed rape or indecency that violates the law will be determined by law enforcement,” he mentioned.
The allegations and the girl’s 11-page essay had been extensively shared throughout social media websites in China and sparked sweeping dialogue of workplace sexual harassment within the nation.
While the #MeToo motion that shook the US and lots of Western nations has but to take off in the identical method in China, it has gained steam in latest months. Last month, for instance, Beijing police detained Kris Wu, Chinese Canadian rapper and former member of Okay-pop supergroup Exo, after a fan accused him of rape.
The latest allegations at Alibaba caught sufficient consideration to attract the ire of China’s state media, which roundly criticized the company for its alleged delay in dealing with the allegations.
“Alibaba could not offer an answer that satisfies public opinion for this ham-handed inaction,” learn an editorial within the Global Times tabloid printed by the state-run People’s Daily.
Zhang, the CEO, famous in his memo that Alibaba’s chief individuals officer, Judy Tong, will even obtain a demerit for the company’s poor dealing with of the allegations.
He outlined different steps, together with company-wide anti-sexual harassment coaching, making a devoted channel for employee experiences and establishing a zero-tolerance anti-sexual harassment coverage.
“This incident is shameful for all Aliren,” Zhang mentioned, utilizing a time period that refers to workers of the company. “We must rebuild, and we must change. Change is only possible if everyone takes individual action, but it must start at the top. It starts with me. Please wait and watch.”