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Taiwan women inclined to laugh off sexual harassment on the job: poll

2018/03/08 18:46:14

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Taipei, March 8 (CNA) More than half of Taiwanese women would view sexual harassment in the workplace as a joke and would take no action, according to a poll released by the Ministry of Labor on Thursday, International Women's Day.

It was also found that 4.4 percent of women and 4 percent of men in Taiwan had suffered sexual harassment on the job over one-year period leading up to the September 2017 poll.

Among the female workers, the sexual harassment came mainly from co-workers (47.7 percent), customers (38.6 percent) and supervisors (25.0 percent), according to the poll.

Asked about their response if they were subjected to sexual harassment on the job, 54.7 percent of the women polled said they would laugh it off and take no action, while 33.4 percent said they would file a complaint.

Meanwhile, on the issue of discrimination, the poll found that most companies in Taiwan would not treat an employee differently based on gender or sexual orientation.

According to the survey, 20 percent of employers said they would take gender into account when allocating tasks, and 6.6 percent said they would consider that factor when determining wages and salary structures for their workers.

The survey also examined compliance with the Act of Gender Equality in Employment and found that 78.1 percent of applications for family care leave were approved over the year leading up to the poll.

In the case of maternity leave, 94.7 percent of applications for up to eight weeks of leave were approved, according to the poll.

It was conducted in September 2017, collecting 3,297 valid samples from employers and 4,514 from employees.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Evelyn Kao)