Jun 22, 2022

Client jailed for sexually assaulting Alibaba worker

A client of Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexually assaulting one of its female employees on a work trip. The woman alleged the manager coerced her into travelling to the city of Jinan, which is about 900km from Alibaba's head office in Hangzhou, for a meeting with a client. After returning to Hangzhou, the woman said the incident was reported to Alibaba's human resources department and senior management and that she had requested the manager be fired. Alibaba faced a fierce public backlash, later firing the co-worker. Alibaba had earlier said the man accused of rape had admitted "There were intimate acts" while the woman was "Inebriated".

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