Alibaba fires employee who accused manager of rape

Alibaba has fired an employee who claims she was the victim of sexual assault by her manager and a client during a business trip earlier this year.

The official dismissal letter from the Chinese e-commerce firm said the woman had been “spreading false information” and causing “incalculable harm” to the company’s reputation. It also said this “caused strong social concern and had a bad impact on the company” and accused her of not communicating in good faith.

The woman – known only by her surname Zhou – went public with her allegations in August after she claimed that Alibaba had failed to act on her internal complaint. News of the account then spread online and became a public relations disaster for Alibaba, who went on to sack 10 employees for leaking Zhou’s claims.

She told Chinese news outlet Dahe Daily that she was fired late last month and it published a copy of what she said was her termination letter.

READ MORE:  Ex-Alibaba employee accused of sexually assaulting colleague has charges dropped

“I just wanted the company leaders to see what happened and help resolve it,” Zhou told the FT. “I never thought the company would end up firing me, the victim. It’s very unfair.”

She has also been quoted as saying: “I have not made any mistakes, and certainly will not accept this result.”

She added that she will “use legal means to protect [her] rights and interests” in the future.

The colleague accused of rape has been sacked, but all criminal charges against him have been dropped. The client is still believed to be under police investigation.

The well-publicised case has highlighted the harassment faced by women in the workplace in China, with activists saying the move to target Zhou has highlighted a number of challenges for China’s #MeToo movement.

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