A manager of the Chinese technology giant Alibaba is set to be sacked by the company over allegations of rape, claimed multiple reports quoting information from a company memo. Two other bosses who failed to act on the allegation have resigned, according to a letter from the chief executive of the company Daniel Zhang to the employees.
Allegations of her boos raping her in a hotel room while she was unconscious after a “drunken night” was filed by a female worker with the police and Alibaba is was reported to be working on the case with the police.
The allegations of the female employer have become viral on Chinese social media.
The manager accused of rape had admitted that “there were intimate acts” while the female worker was in an inebriated state, Zhang said.
“He will be fired and never be rehired. Whether he has committed rape or indecency that violates the law will be determined by law enforcement,” the letter to the employees said.
Alibaba would take responsibility for the woman’s wellbeing said the memo, according to reports. “We will do everything we can to take care of her,” the company said in the memo.
They are investigating the allegations, said the police in the eastern city of Jinan, where the incident took place, on Sunday.
A social media storm on China’s Twitter-like platform, Weibo, has resulted by the account of the incident by the woman which was published in an eleven-page document. The accused manager pressured the women into travelling to the city of Jinan, which is around 900km (560 miles) from Alibaba’s head office in Hangzhou, on the pfretext of holding a meeting with a client, the woman alleged in the document.
Her superiors had ordered her to drink alcohol with co-workers during dinner, she has alleged.
The client had kissed her on the evening of 27 July, she said. In the complaint the woman then recalled waking up in her hotel room the next day without her clothes on and she could not recall the happenings of the night before.
She claimed she had obtained surveillance camera footage that showed that her manager had entered her room during the night four times, the woman said.
It is “staunchly opposed to forced drinking culture”, Alibaba said in its memo to employees.
The woman had reported the incident to Alibaba’s human resources (HR) department and senior management after returning to Hangzhou, the woman said. She had requested that her boss be fired.
While initially agreeing to her request, human resources had not taken any further action, she said.
“In the entire incident handling process, the HR function did not pay enough attention and care to our people. They were rational but lacked empathy and care. At the same time, an emergency response system was absent, and a severe misjudgement was made,” the memo to employees said.
(Adapted from TheIndependentBD.com)