Georgian Parliament approves bill on sexual harassment

  • Victims of sexual harassment have two ways to act: to appeal to Public Defender or Court., 3 May 2019 - 16:02, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian MPs have unanimously approved a bill on sexual harassment with 102 votes in favor and 0 against.

The definition was established in the law and the form of this kind of discrimination was regulated.

The Labour Code of Georgia will be added with the sexual harassment definition:

‘Undesirable sexual behavior towards a person aims or/and tarnishes his/her dignity or creates intimidating, hostile, degrading or abusive environment for him/her.’

Using words of a sexual nature, showing of one’s genitals, any type of verbal or non-verbal actions of a sexual nature will be considered sexual harassment.

Creating an abusive or hostile environment at work to force someone into a sexual relationship will also be punishable as sexual harassment.

Sexual harassment will be punished by a 300 GEL ($112) fine and 500 GEL ($187) if repeated. The offence will also be punishable with up to one-month community work.

Deliberate sexual harassment of a minor, a pregnant woman or someone in a critical condition or in the presence of a minor will be punished by 500-800 GEL ($187-$299), and if repeated by 800-1,000 GEL ($299-$374) fine or 10-day imprisonment.

The victims of sexual harassment have two ways to act: to appeal to Public Defender or Court.

The ruling Georgian Dream party MPs drafted a bill making sexual harassment a punishable offence earlier in February.