Georgia: Court rules in favour of the plaintiff in first workplace sexual harassment lawsuit

Author: RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, Published on: 17 December 2018

"Georgian Court Upholds First Sexual Harassment Ruling", 13 Dec 2018

An appeals court in Georgia has upheld a landmark decision in what was billed as the Caucasus country’s first court case of sexual harassment.  Journalist and actress Tatia Samkharadze brought sexual harassment charges against her former boss at Imedi TV back in 2016...A Tbilisi court ruled in her favor in January 2018, prompting the accused Shalva Ramishvili, who denied any wrongdoing, to appeal the ruling.  An appeals court in Tbilisi on December 12 ruled in favor of Samkharadze.  Women's rights activists welcomed the appeals court decision as a huge victory, describing it as a "landmark case on workplace sexual harassment in Georgia."...

Baia Pataraia, a leading women's rights advocate and the executive director of the Sapari union at the time expressed hope that "this case will set a precedent for other victims of sexual harassment so that they won’t be afraid of filing lawsuits against their abusers."...Under Georgian law, sexual harassment is not defined as a criminal act.  In October 2017, women’s rights activists registered a petition in the country's parliament to recognize sexual harassment as a form of discrimination...

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