Rina Bovrisse女士從紐約獲聘到 日本出任Prada的前高級經理，負責管理公司全日本的40家分店，合共500名員工。她因向集團首席營運官舉報日本分公司內部對女性員工的性騷擾和歧視的事件而反遭管理層騷擾，由管理層變成一名受害者。她勇敢舉報的行為被嘲笑、譏諷和指責為精神有問題，公司給了她兩個選擇─降級為入門級的銷售人員或簽署一份預先寫好的辭職信。Rina在拒絕這兩個選擇後被公司以『帶來的負能量』這不合理的理由解僱。
Prada的管理層對集團佈 的欺凌文化視若無睹實在離譜及令人難以接受。Prada的女性員工常常因 為其外貌和年齡受到歧視和性騷擾，她們往往會因為被上司（巧合的是首席執行官和人力資源高級經理均是男性）批評為不具備『Prada Look』而被降級，甚至 被迫辭職。此外，女性員工更常被迫購買Prada的手袋，據說有關 的銷售額竟佔全國日常銷售的40％。面對種種基於 性別的歧視及性騷擾，但日本卻沒有法例禁止對女性的歧視和性騷擾，令Rina和其他受害人申訴 無門，受害人更因為公開Prada的歧視陋習而反遭Prada集團控告誹謗。
雖然Prada集團涉嫌對Rina作出性別歧視及侵犯勞工權利的做法已被日本及香港傳媒公開 報道，但Prada集團仍成功於2011年6月在香港上市。現時Prada集團的主要收入來 自於中國的客戶，利用香港作為國際投資者往中國的大門，提高其在中國市場的佔有率。Rina指出『Prada已於東京法庭承認 其性別歧視的做法，香港實不應該容許不公義及侵犯人權的企業在港上市，。這樣的做法其實已經損壞Prada的形象。』
Rina已就其個案向聯合 國「消除對婦女一切形式歧視公約」委員會作出投訴，而人權委員會於5月中發出的一份指責日本的侵害人權狀況的公開聲明中亦有提 及Rina的個案。Prada集團剛於6月6日對Rina提出反訴，聲稱聯合國關於性別歧視和性騷擾的聲明是一 個『惡意行為』。
Mr Fahmi Panimbang (亞洲專訊資料研究中心) – 2332-1346
- Globalization Monitor
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“The Devils inside Prada” – Prada must end sex discrimination and sexual harassment and redress its victims
Ms Rina Bovrisse, a former senior manager of Prada Japan relocated from New York, was being victimised and harassed by the management after reporting sexual harassment and discrimination incidents of her 500 staff across 40 Prada stores in Japan to the Group’s Chief Operating Officer in Milan. Thus, her bravery was taunted and ridiculed and she was accused ofhaving a mental problem, and finally given two options – either to accept demotion to an entry-level salesperson or sign a pre-written resignation letter. Having rejected both, Rina was finally unfairly dismissed for “bringing negative energy”.
It is outrageous and unacceptable that Prada tolerated this kind of bullying culture in its Japanese corporate governance. Female staff were often discriminated against and harassed because of their physical appearance and age. They were, too often, being demoted or even forced to resign if they were criticised for not having the so-called “Prada Look” by their managers, coincidentally and predominantly male CEOs and HR Senior Managers. Moreover, these female staff were coerced to purchase Prada bags which reportedly constituted 40 percent of its daily sales across Japan. Unfortunately, there was, and is, no legislation outlawing all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment against women in Japan, which has left Rina no recourse to redress, and instead has left her open to a lawsuit from Prada Group suing for defamation after she decided to expose this ¡§dirty secret¡¨.
Prada Group listed in Hong Kong in June 2011 in spite of the then ongoing labour and discrimination dispute with Rina Bovrisse which was publicized in Japanese and Hong Kong media. It is believed that its intention was to use Hong Kong as a global window for international investment and to open and boost its market share in China. Currently, Prada Group’s major revenue comes from Chinese clients worldwide. As Rina says, ‘Prada has admitted its discriminatory practices at a Tokyo’s court. Hong Kong should never tolerate a company which allows the prevalence of these unjust human rights perpetration. Besides, it has already damaged Prada’s image as such’.
Rina raised these issues to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). On 6 June, Prada Group just filed an additional countersue against Rina, claiming the UN statement on sexual harassment and female discrimination was a “vicious act”.
In the eve of Prada’s board meeting, we demand an apology and redress from Prada Group, as well as lifting a lawsuit against her.
In the Hong Kong community, we urge the public to pay attention to the labour and human rights records of corporations that do business in Hong Kong, and refrain from supporting those that are known violators of workers’ rights and women’s rights.
We urge the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to stop acting as enabler of egregious rights violations such as those committed by Prada Group, and reform listing regulations so that corporations with outstanding labour disputes cannot list or continue being listed while they are outstanding.
Meanwhile, we urge the Japanese Government to take immediate action to outlaw sexual harassment and all forms of discrimination based upon one’s identity as per recent recommendations by the UN Human Rights Council.
Should there be any enquiries, please contact
Ms. Sally Choi (HKCTU) – 2770-8668
Ms Jodie Hui (AAF) – 2720-0891
Mr Fahmi Panimbang (Asia Monitor Resource Centre) – 2332-1346
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