The latest allegations come at a tense time for Alibaba, which has come under scrutiny from the Chinese government. In April, the company, founded by Jack Ma, was fined a record $ 2.8 billion for antitrust violations. Chinese regulators forced Ma’s internet finance company Ant Group to halt its $ 34 billion equity debut in Shanghai and Hong Kong last year.
On Weibo, many women took advantage of the Alibaba employee’s description of her treatment by her superiors, including the rejection of her accusations and other behaviors. At the rehearsal, the employee said that her boss, on a business trip in Jinan, told his clients, “Look how good I am to you, I brought you a beauty.”
Other people online criticized China’s drinking culture, in which business is often conducted over alcohol-fueled meals. Several people raised concerns about whether Alibaba could close the discussion, given the size and influence of the company.
Alibaba’s own employees are backing down. More than 4,000 of them formed a #MeToo group on the company’s intranet condemning the woman’s boss.
After filing a police report, the Alibaba employee said she saw video footage outside her hotel room, showing her boss entering her room four times. She accused him at trial of duplicating her key to get inside. She said she woke up naked on the morning of July 28 and found a box of condoms in her room.
In her essay, the employee said he had reported the incident to his superiors, who requested video evidence. He said he was told the company had decided not to fire his boss “because they were considering my reputation.” She said she was pulled from a company chat group after posting her allegations.
In a post on the Alibaba intranet, Zhang said he was “shocked, angry and embarrassed” by the incident. He said supervisors in charge of this matter owed the employee an apology for “not handling it quickly,” according to a screenshot of the post seen by The New York Times.