Riyadh: A charter criminalising harassment at work-place has been approved officially in Saudi Arabia.
Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi endorsed the 12-point document, which defines harassment as being “any action, deed, word or sign with sexual implications in the workplace by any means including social media tools”.
Under article 12, these sexual connotations will be considered harassment whether they take place inside the workplace during the working hours or outside.
The charter will also be applied to managers, senior officials or any other people related to the ministry, so as to protect trainees or job seekers.
Article 4 calls for avoiding gender mixing in the ministry’s offices and government departments as much as possible so as not to lead to harassment.
Under article 5, a male employee shall keep the door of his office open when meeting a woman colleague so that other people should be able to see them.
Article 6 says men and women employees should never discuss personal matters seriously or jokingly.