Bank executive accused of sexually harassing 15 employees, 2 victims resign

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Yet another sexual harassment case allegedly involving a male boss using his power to exploit female employees has surfaced in Indonesia, this time reportedly affecting 15 female victims.

As reported by state news agency Antara yesterday, an executive at Bank Sultra in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, identified by his initials SY, is alleged to have sexually harassed 15 bank employees over an unspecified period of time. The allegation surfaced after two of the alleged victims resigned recently, initially citing “personal reasons” but later revealing that they could no longer take SY’s inappropriate behavior towards them.

Bank Sultra executive director Khaerul Kemala Raden said that SY has been relieved from his duties on Jan 9 amid an ongoing investigation into the allegations, which don’t seem to involve the police for now.

“‘SY’, who allegedly sexually harassed more than a dozen bank employees, is in the process of being investigated internally by the relevant officers,” Kaerul said.

“I can’t explain in great detail, because the investigation is ongoing.”

Last month, a woman lost her job at a government agency after she reported her boss for repeated sexual harassment against her. Police began investigating the boss after the allegation was made, but he also reported his accuser to the police for defamation, denying that he ever harassed her.

Another high profile case of sexual harassment still in the news involves a teacher who was sentenced to six months in prison for recording audio of her boss, the school’s principal, making explicit sexual remarks towards her. Her lawyers have filed a judicial review to acquit her of her sentence, but doing so may be difficult as the Supreme Court — the country’s highest court — was the one who overturned her prior acquittal and sentenced her to prison on the grounds that her recording had tarnished the principal’s honor.

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