Taking the term “workplace harassment” to a completely different level of abhorrence, a Beijing-based company made it mandatory for its female employees to line up and kiss their male boss at the beginning of each workday.
The reason: the business believes this disgusting display of sexual harassment is the best way to “enhance corporate culture” and “foster good relationships among colleagues.”
Women working at the unidentified company that sells home brewery equipment in Tongzhou District are required to kiss their boss, on the lips, between 9:00 and 9:30 every morning, according to multiple local news outlets.
It is unclear how long the practice has been going on, but the photos of the bizarre ritual first surfaced on Weibo, Chinese social media equivalent to Twitter, earlier this month. The appalling images soon went viral, prompting harsh reactions from people all over the country.
“How can these female workers accept this? Do their boyfriends or husbands know?” wondered one online user, while the other wrote, “I want to ask these female workers: Do you have no money? Would you starve if you changed jobs?”
As the Shanghaiist reports, the company mostly employs women, none of whom are enthusiastic about the practice. Most of the women initially refused to accept the new policy, but eventually gave in to their boss’ demands in order to keep their jobs.
Only two brave employees decided to resign rather than participate in the appalling ritual. Unsurprisingly, there is no evidence if the company asked their male co-workers to comply as well.
The company claims this daily ceremony generates “great cohesion within the company,” encouraging the boss and his staff to bond together “like fish and water.”
Moreover, the boss said he picked up the idea while visiting a company in the United States – which left many to wonder if it was one of Donald Trump’s companies.
Workplace harassment is sadly a universal issue. Last year, Cosmopolitan surveyed over 2,000 full-time and part-time female employees in the United States and discovered that one in every three women experience sexual harassment at work.
The American Association of University Women defines workplace harassment as any, “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.”