Bahrain has banned discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace under recent amendments to its labour law, according to the country’s labour minister.
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The law also criminalises sexual harassment at work “by reference, speech, act or by any other means” and guarantees wages are paid to workers according to specific mechanisms.
He warned that employers would face penalties if found to engage in discrimination or if they fail to pay wages on time.
The sexual harassment law will also see both the employee accused of the act and the employer punished if it is proven.
Bahrain elected a new parliament last month as the government prepares to push through austerity measures to cut the country’s budget deficit.
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