Equal Opportunities Commission


E-news Issue 261


EOC publishes new booklet “Learn the Law, Know Your Rights: Understanding Sexual Harassment”

What are the overlaps and differences between sexual harassment and indecent assault? Is it sexual harassment if the harasser “did not mean it”? What kind of support does the EOC provide for victims? You will find answers to these questions in Learn the Law, Know Your Rights: Understanding Sexual Harassment, a new booklet recently published by the Commission. It offers an updated account of the protections against sexual harassment under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO), following amendments relating to sexual harassment in common workplaces which took effect last year.

Illustrated with original and gender-conscious drawings throughout, the booklet features four sections:

  • “What is sexual harassment?”: A look at how the SDO defines sexual harassment and the various areas of public life it applies to, complete with examples and highlighting “points to note”.
  • “Time for some myth-busting”: A much-needed debunking of common misconceptions surrounding sexual harassment.
  • “What should I do if I was sexually harassed?”: Practical advice for victims of sexual harassment.
  • “We are here to help”: A quick guide to how the EOC handles complaints.

Members of the public are welcome to download the booklet on the EOC website. Print copies are available to NGOs upon request, which should be made in writing and sent to eocinfo@eoc.org.hk.

The EOC also operates an Anti-Sexual Harassment Hotline (2106 2222), which provides callers with information on relevant laws, advice on how to lodge complaints and seek redress, and referral to counselling and therapy services when needed. Besides victims of sexual harassment, employers, human resources personnel and members of the general public who wish to learn about their potential liabilities or more general issues relating to sexual harassment can also call the hotline for guidance. The hotline opens from Monday through Friday (except public holidays), from 8:45am to 5:45pm.