South Korea's gender equality revolution

Companies face stiffer penalties for failing to provide adequate protection or education against sexual harassment in the workplace.

With revisions to gender equality laws in South Korea, companies and individuals in violation now face harsher penalties.

Failing to providing anti-sexual harassment training can result in a fine of up to S$6,200 for companies – almost twice as much as the previous fine of ~S$3700.

Covering up offences can result in a fine of ~S$30,000, instead of ~S$25,000.

These amendments follow a recent string of sexual harassment scandals in the country, starting with a woman alleging that she had been secretly filmed and then raped by colleagues at furniture making giant Hanssem.

Another woman claimed that she was raped by a colleague while working at Hyundai subsidiary Hyundai Card.

South Korea’s Labour Ministry and Gender Equality Ministry have announced that they will launching public outreach campaigns to raise awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace.


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