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Businesses must put in place policies to deal effectively with sexual harassment claims

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  • Newspaper section: Muse
  • Writer: Suriyong Tungsuwan and Nam-Ake Lekfuangfu
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Traditional values and different perceptions regarding inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature make sexual harassment a thorny issue in the workplace, and one which is still commonplace in Thailand. 

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While prohibited under the Penal Code and the Labour Protection Act, the existing laws are vague when it comes to their definition of sexual harassment, conduct which may constitute sexual harassment, and how to deal with it should it arise. Moreover, the law does not cover harassment among employees of the same ranking, but rather institutes potential punishments of fines or imprisonment only for cases involving superiors and their subordinates.

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