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Nothing in either the Labor Law or the Penal Code references sexual harassment, leaving women like Yara with no legal framework through which to address a complaint.In 2012, The Legal Agenda NGO drafted a comprehensive proposal to reform both the Labor Law and the Penal Code, but it failed to get accepted into Parliament. In 2014, then-MP Ghassan Moukheiber submitted a law to criminalize sexual harassment through reform of the Penal Code, but it fell by the wayside.For some victims of sexual harassment, changes to the law can't come soon enough.Karim Nammour, a lawyer with The Legal Agenda who was involved with the drafting of the group's 2012 proposal, said that in his experience psychological harassment was by far the more common type.Nammour said it was important to specifically address power dynamics since employees will be less likely to take action against abuse because of the employer's much stronger position.One of Nammour's main concerns with relying on criminal proceedings is that this would inevitably lead to an employee losing their job.The Legal Agenda's 2012 proposal would rescind Article 7 of the Labor Law to make any changes to it apply across the board.Nammour urged caution against rushing through an imperfect law.
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