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Accused demanded to attend Presidential Office gender equality class

2017/08/13 22:16:04

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Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) A suspect accused of sexual harassment must attend eight hours of gender equality education class, Presidential Office Spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said Sunday regarding the first ever such case at the Presidential Office.

In May, a woman military officer working at the Presidential Office filed a complaint that she had been sexually harassed. An investigation by the office's gender equality committee looked into her complaint.

Lin said the committee decided on July 24 that harassment did occur, and though the suspect had not committed a serious offense, eight hours of gender equality education is needed for the suspect to gain a healthy knowledge about genders and the suspect should be reasonably punished.

Both the accuser and accused can appeal the committee's decision, the spokesman added.

However, the accused will face a decision within one month by the personnel office, according to Lin.

He said he could not divulge any details about the two persons or on-going investigations, as required by law.

(By Sophia Yeh and S.C. Chang)