Promoting D&I in the Workplace BritCham Women in Business committee member Kajal Aswani shares her views on diversity and inclusion and how we as a community can do more to promote diverse workplaces. Kajal is an Indian lawyer born and raised in Hong Kong and is a Partner at independent dispute resolution law firm Gall.
Disability Discrimination in the Workplace
Disability discrimination is a complex yet crucial area of law which all employers will come across at some point. A stigma exists in Asian cultures around disability which, coupled with a lack of awareness from mainstream corporate culture, means that disability is often seen as ‘the forgotten cause’ of DEI priorities.
Kajal Aswani Discusses Racial Diversity in the Legal Industry with HK01
Kajal Aswani was interviewed by HK01 on her experiences as an ethnic minority lawyer in Hong Kong. Kajal shared obstacles she faced growing up and outlined how she has been supporting young South Asian lawyers through the network she co-founded, South Asian Lawyers Group (SALG).
China’s New Civil Code and its Impact on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
The issue of sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement in mainland China has burst into the spotlight again recently. Demonstrators defied restrictions on public protests and mass gatherings to collect outside a Beijing court in December in support of Zhou Xiaoxuan (“Zhou”), a young woman bringing a claim of sexual misconduct against Zhu Jun (“Zhu”), a well-known television presenter. Such cases are relatively rare and the high-profile nature of the man accused has resulted in significant attention within China and beyond. The timing coincides with the new PRC Civil Code taking effect on 1 January 2021. Article 1010 of the Civil Code establishes important new principles on what constitutes sexual harassment, expands the scope of recipients to include men, and introduces specific obligations and potential liability for employers in this area.
Employment Spotlight: Applicability of the Apology Ordinance in the Workplace
Increasingly, there has been a spotlight on issues and complaints which arise in the workplace. Common issues might include complaints relating to harassment, bullying, discrimination and preferential treatment. When tensions run high, an apology is often valuable in helping to diffuse conflict and amend relationships. However, there is often a general reluctance to apologise for fear that it might constitute an admission of fault which might be used against a party in legal proceedings.