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Public Defender Finds Sexual Harassment in Labour Relations - Quid Pro Quo

The Public Defender of Georgia established sexual harassment against a woman employed in Factor Group LLC and addressed the director of the company with a recommendation on July 5, 2022, urging him not to harass employees sexually in the future and not to create insulting, humiliating and/or degrading environment for them.

Sapari NNLE represented the interests of the applicant in the Public Defender’s Office.

According to the factual circumstances of the case, shortly after the applicant started to work in Factory Group LLC, the director of the company launched a systematic correspondence with her on non-work matters. In his correspondence, he emphasized the woman's appearance and implied that her career advancement depended on her behavior. After the woman explained to the employer that she had a boyfriend and it was unpleasant and unacceptable to her to communicate with her boss about personal issues, the director began to express dissatisfaction with the employee's work. As a result, the woman had to quit.

It is noteworthy that as a result of analyzing the circumstances and evidence in the case, the Public Defender established quid pro quo (service in exchange for service) - a form of sexual harassment, which was reflected in unwanted correspondence of sexual content, for the first time in her practice.

In view of the above, the Public Defender called on the company's manager to develop an internal organizational document, detailing the procedures for studying and appealing against alleged sexual harassment, in order to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace in the future.

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