Employers of Moldova will be required to combat sexual harassment at the workplace

Employers of Moldova will be required to combat sexual harassment at the workplace

This is provided by a draft government decree amending certain legislative acts (Labor Code, Law on the State Labor Inspectorate, Code of Offenses, etc.). Under the project, employers will be required to provide a mechanism for resolving complaints related to sexual harassment at the workplace; conduct annual surveys among staff to identify the severity of cases of harassment in labor relations, as well as prepare a public report on the results and level of implementation of measures to combat sexual harassment at the workplace. At the same time, the article “Violation of labor legislation regarding training in necessary procedures to combat sexual harassment” will appear in the Code of Offenses. Based on this article, the State Labor Inspectorate will be able to apply fines totaling 60 - 84 conventional units in relation to individuals, 120 - 210 conventional units - in relation to officials, 210 - 270 conventional units - for legal entities. The project provides for additions to the Education Code, which stipulate requirements for the prevention of sexual harassment, physical abuse and psychological abuse - bullying. Responsible entities for this part of the activities in educational institutions will be the ethics council and public authorities. An explanatory note in the project states that in Moldova every fifth employee is exposed to hidden forms of sexual harassment at the workplace (inappropriate looks, unresolved hugs, jokes and expressions with sexual overtones), and 4 out of 100 women face serious forms of harassment (demand for sex reward, use of force or threat to have sex, etc.). It is noted that sexual harassment affects physical, psycho-emotional health, as well as professional life and the quality of work performed, negatively affecting academic performance. Consultations on the project are held until September 20: http://particip.gov.md/proiectview.php?l=ro&idd=6611&fbclid=IwAR2DUEafH_uPqVQcOZ1XyTcPTx9SmX2CZoorkvWr_-Vb7m4657gz40Dqdo8. // 17.09. 2019 - InfoMarket.

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