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The forcing of female employees to pour drinks at parties may be considered a form of sexual harassment, according to a report issued Monday by a Labor Ministry panel.

The panel is drafting guidelines for businesses in line with the adoption of a provision to the Equal Employment Opportunity Law to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The report pointed to the fact that few companies have adopted measures to prevent sexual harassment. It said judgment on whether an act consists of sexual harassment “should be based on how average women perceive” it.

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