FEMALE employees of a Taiwanese-owned enterprise in Xiamen of Fujian Province, were astonished last week to find two video cameras had been secretly set up in their toilet, the China Youth Daily reported.
The cameras, installed by their boss, were able to film them each time they went to the toilet. The cameras were controlled by switches in the general manager's office.
This week the company said, in a statement, that the general manager, Liang Zhiyuan, had been removed from his position. Liang's family owns the company, Donglong Ceramic Co.
The female employees said the cameras were hidden in two stalls of the women's toilet on the second floor of the office building. On January 21, an electrical socket on the back wall of one of the stalls fell off, revealing one of the hidden peeping cameras.
The female employees waited until the following afternoon to call the police when, Liang had returned to Taiwan for the funeral of a relative.
By following the electric cord from the camera in the toilet, the police were led to two television sets and a disc recorder in Liang's office. A female worker said that when the police turned on the computer screen, scenes of the women using the toilets appeared.
The police also followed another suspicious electric cord and found that it led to two cameras in the bedroom and shower room of the VIP guestroom on the third floor.
A statement released in the name of all the female employees said Liang's actions were a serious violation of women's rights and privacy. They said his actions were more wicked and despicable than earlier claims of a foreign hostess forcing Chinese female workers to kowtow and a security guard frisking female workers.
Liang's wife returned to Xiamen from Taiwan after hearing the news.
The female employees had expected an apology and an explanation of the matter but instead, they said, Liang's wife criticized them for not being at work on her arrival.
When contacted by a reporter from the China Youth Daily Mrs Liang pleaded that she had no knowledge of the matter involving her husband. When asked when she would meet the staff and seek to settle the issue, she said the reporter did not have the right to question her about this.
Most of the workers are not satisfied with the removal of Liang from his position as the company is run by Liang's family. The workers also say the company has to take some responsibility for the peeping episodes.