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A senior product manager at a Hong Kong cyber security firm is in trouble for allegedly asking his subordinate immoral and humiliating questions, Apple Daily reports.
The plaintiff, Wong Lai Po, a former product manager at cyber security firm ACW Distribution (HK), has filed a civil law suit against the company for violating the anti-sex discrimination law. The suit has been filed against the plaintiff’s manager Vestor Li, his supervisor Norris Hung, and ACW.
The plaintiff is seeking nearly HK$200,000 in compensation for her suffering which includes depression, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts.
According to the writ filed at the District Court, Wong was sexually harassed by her supervisor, senior product manager Vestor Li, on two occasions.
On the first, Li alledgedly asked Wong whether she was the boss’s mistress during lunch at a restaurant in early January this year.
Then in February, Li asked Wong during a project status meeting if she was trying to engage in sexual acts to change her luck.
On both occasions, Wong felt insulted and humiliated. She resigned two days after the project status meeting.
Wong claims Hung was present at the meeting when Li asked her the inappropriate question but made no attempt to stop Li or get him to apologise to her. She also faults the company as a whole for failing to establish a system to handle sexual harassment complaints adequately.
According to The Standard, in a letter from May 19, Li denied he said anything of the sort to Wong and added the allegations were “maliciously fabricated”.
Wong Cheuk Fai, a financial controller at the company, told Headline Daily he was surprised by the lawsuit. He said a warning letter had been issued to Li and the company had tried responding to Wong’s complaint by organising a meeting with the human resources department and colleagues involved in the case.
Despite these measures, Wong still wanted to resign and the company granted her permission to do so without a notice period.