Committee Against Sexual Harassment - Right to Lodge a Complaint with EOC and to Take Court Action

Right to Lodge a Complaint with EOC and to Take Court Action

43) The internal University procedures do not affect the right to lodge a complaint directly with the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) or to take civil action in the District Court of Hong Kong or to make a complaint to the police or other investigating agency.

44) Under the Ordinance, the EOC may decide not to take up an investigation into an act of alleged sexual harassment if the complaint is not lodged within 12 months of the alleged incident. If a complainant decides to take court action in respect of a claim of sexual harassment, he/she normally has to commence the legal proceedings within 24 months of the incident.

45) If a complainant wishes to make a claim in court, it is advised that this is done within the prescribed time limit. If the complainant wishes to report the incident to the Police and needs advice and assistance on the procedure, the Panel Convenor may offer help.