Alibaba fires employee who accused co-worker of raping her

Alibaba maintains a code of silence. Four months after the allegations of rape by a young employee against one of her superiors, the number one Chinese e-commerce company has dismissed the young woman, on the pretext that she “spread lies”, reports the daily Dahe Daily, a state-run newspaper in Henan province in central China. Last August, the young employee had denounced the lack of reaction from Alibaba after her complaints, on an internal social network at the company, arousing indignant reactions among the employees, then on Chinese social networks once the affair known to the general public.

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It is apparently this last point that Alibaba has not digested: at the end of August, the company had already dismissed a dozen employees for having disseminated the accusations of Zhou (we only know his last name) on social networks. Alibaba had then warned its 250,000 employees by reminding them of its strict rules, which prohibit the public dissemination of exchanges taking place on its internal forum, reports the Bloomberg agency.

According to his dismissal letter, published by Dahe Dailyshe is accused by the company of having “spread lies, like that she was ‘raped by executives and the company knew about it and didn’t respond’”. The young woman had however recounted her attack in the canteen armed with a loudspeaker, then published a long story on the internal forum of the company, to obtain a reaction from her hierarchy. “Since August, the incident has seen many twists and turns and the damage done to the business, and the parties, including you, is incalculable,” continues the message. Mme Zhou intends to challenge his dismissal, effective since November 25, according to his lawyer, who confirmed the facts to several media.

Recognition of “systemic” problems

In August, Alibaba had to make amends, with CEO Daniel Zhang, at the helm since Jack Ma’s departure in 2019, saying in a public letter: “This incident is a humiliation for all Alibaba employees. » The manager also attacked “the horrible culture of forced alcohol consumption”. Recognizing problems “systemic”, he had announced the implementation of an anti-harassment policy and training on the issue. According to the letter, the manager in question, who admitted having committed intimate acts » on the young woman while she was intoxicated, was fired. Two executives, who did not react to the accusations of Mme Zhou, also resigned. Daniel Zhang also promised: “We will do everything we can to take care of her. »

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