Lechery soon to be banned .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANKARA - Employers will be liable to protect their workers not only against sexual harassment but also against mobbing, the Justice Committee decided with an amendment to the law of obligations.

The committee extended the scope of the current law to include mobbing, which is also known as bullying, among causes that violate personal values Wednesday.

"An employer will be liable to protect employees with good relations, show respect, keep an honest order in the work place and take measures to guarantee that his employees do not encounter sexual harassment and mobbing," the amended article said.

It added that an employer is also responsible to take necessary measures to protect those who have already encountered such incidents.

Besides taking employee’s personal values under the protection of the employer, the draft law also brought new arrangements for wages. The amendment covered the wages of employees like maids and nurses, who live together with the employer. The old article, which said that accommodation and food cost of those employees are deducted from their salaries, was removed. The article on deduction of cost for a damaged cot from an employee’s salary was stipulated as well. The amendment says the court should prove deliberate damage by a worker. The commission also decided that salaries would no longer be paid in cash but via bank accounts.

Court redefines marriage
Meanwhile, a court in Ankara ordered the protection of a unofficially married woman from her partner last week in a decision that is expected to set a precedent for similar cases.

According to NTV, the decision is important because until now courts only ordered protection from husbands for women who were officially married. The 1998 law on protection of families was always interpreted as protecting women with officially sanctioned marriages. Couples with religious marriages and divorced women were not included.

The Ankara court based its decision on the European Court of Human Rights and the convention preventing discrimination against Women, arguing that the practical form, not the official state of the marriage, should be taken into account. It said family could not be limited to officially sanctioned marriages.

Lawyer Canan Arın praised the court. The case involved the protection of a woman physically abused by her live-in boyfriend. The woman receivedfour months of state protection.