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The Sex Discrimination Ordinance (“SDO”) was recently amended to provide “new” protection to employees of the service industries (e.g. flight attendants, crew members on ships and sales representatives) against sexual harassment by customers and prospective customers.

Before the recent amendments to the SDO, the scope of prohibition of sexual harassment includes (1) sexual harassment by employers towards job candidates and employees (2) between employees and (3) by service providers towards their customers and prospective customers. However, with effect from 12 December 2014, the SDO also prohibits sexual harassment by customers or prospective customers towards the providers of goods, facilities or services and their employees.

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December 2014