Several women employed by Dott Services to work on Gulu Main Market which is under construction have complained of sexual harassment. The women claim that their supervisors demand for sex in order to ensure they receive their wages at the end of the day.
The women claim that their supervisors demand for sex in order to ensure they receive their wages at the end of the day.
The women who resist sexual advances from their supervisors are punished by a postponement of payment of their wages.
A woman who did not wish to be named says that the harassment is at its worst in the evening before they break off for the day.
She goes on to claim that Dott Services prefers to employ women from other districts because Gulu natives often reject the advances.
She says women from other districts who want to take up the menial tasks find it easier to give in to the sexual advances to get the jobs.
The women have complained to the Gulu district Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi who visited the Market on Tuesday.
However, Mapenduzi says that according to his findings, Dott Services laid off some workers recently because work on the Market is at an end. Some of the workers services were no longer needed.
A Dott Services Manager Patel Mengzi says it is company policy to employ as many natives as possible.
Mengzi says that out of the 131 workers employed to work on the Market, 61 are from Gulu.
He denies any complaints of sexual harassment directed at female Dott Services workers.