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EOC’s handling of over 14,000 emails derived from the same template containing allegations outside the remit of the anti-discrimination ordinances


The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has recently received more than 14,000 emails derived from the same template, which alleged that a practising barrister had committed a breach of professional conduct and engaged in discriminatory behaviour (“the matter”).

 

Based on the content of the emails, the EOC believes that the matter does not fall within the remit of the four anti-discrimination ordinances currently in place, namely the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance and the Race Discrimination Ordinance. Therefore, the EOC has decided not to follow up on the matter. 

 

The EOC has further decided not to issue individual replies to the emails for the following reasons:

 

  1. Both the content and format of the emails were largely similar and, in most cases, even identical, having been copied from a template on the Internet and sent out as such;
  2. Issuing individual replies would risk an overload of the EOC’s email system and cause serious disruption to the EOC’s day-to-day handling of enquiries and complaints; and
  3. The matter does not fall within the remit of the four anti-discrimination ordinances, and therefore the EOC will not follow up on the allegations made in the emails.

 

The EOC wishes to stress that its handling of the matter is founded on the special circumstances explained above. In assessing how to handle emails derived from the same template, the EOC will continue to stand by its principle of examining the details and nature of the relevant incident impartially, and deciding its response on a case-by-case basis.

17 April 2020