A study of Hong Kong office workers' perception on sexual harassment

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A study of Hong Kong office workers' perception on sexual harassment


Author: Au, Kit-yu May
Title: A study of Hong Kong office workers' perception on sexual harassment
Degree: M.B.A.
Year: 2000
Subject: Sexual harassment -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Management
Pages: vi, 72 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1520780
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/2771
Abstract: Sexual harassment is a new topic to Hong Kong people with the Sexual Discrimination Ordinance (SDO) first enacted in 1995 with reference to the laws from other countries. Despite the enactment of the SDO, the number of cases reported in Hong Kong has been very low which is far below the records of countries with the same well established. There is the possibility of existence of misperception and non-reporting in Hong Kong, a place that is rather highly sexualized environment. The objectives of this research study are to determine if there is variance between the legal standard against Hong Kong office workers' perception. Should there be a gap, the causes and the means to close it could be identified. The resultant indicates that misperception of respondents exists. Gender and overseas living experience are both significant to the model and are contributory to the perception differential. Male respondents have a looser and more deviated perception vs the law. Respondents who are trained or attain higher education level may find themselves more contradicted in perception. This may be due to conflicts between the legal standard vs cultural beliefs, social norms and customary acceptance. As a result, relevant training received did not automatically lead to better perception. This is worth noting for legislators and executors of the SDO. With the perception differential, the SDO's seriousness and applicability may be questioned and overlooked. The need for amendment of SDO should be considered. Otherwise, victims will be frustrated and more non-reporting will incur.

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