State okays sexual harassment appeals

March 1, 2016 06:06


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An NGO on Monday announced that under pressure of a petition to the High Court of Justice the state has agreed to allow appeals where it decides not to probe sexual harassment complaints.

The NGO, the Organization for the Center for Supporting Victims of Sexual Harassment, said the state had notified it and the High Court on Sunday of a range of changes in policy. Going forward, the statement said the state would provide complainants with an explanation of why their complaints were closed. The state will also start a pilot program for two years in which complainants can submit appeals against the closing of their complaint.

Liat Klein, the NGO’s lawyer praised the decision and said it was “truly good news for the community of victims of sexual violence. We need to remember that the state is the largest employer, and there is great importance in the manner in which it relates to victims.”

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