Night Owl Cinematics CEO faces probe for alleged staff abuse

SINGAPORE: Authorities are probing workplace harassment accusations against top influencer Sylvia Chan, chief executive officer/co-founder of Night Owl Cinematics.

The Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP), which leads the probe, and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), said in a joint statement that they are looking into the allegations.


"Employers should keep their workplaces safe by preventing and managing workplace harassment. They also have a legal obligation to pay employees their salary on time," they added.


TAFEP urged staff who experienced workplace harassment to contact them, or the Tripartite Alliance for Dispute Management, for assistance; and to report to the police any criminal act.

Chan was accused of bullying her employees. One of them, Samantha, alleged that she was being discriminated. She presented an audio recording that went viral, with screenshots of Chan cursing her.


Another former employee, Felicia Tung, claimed she had to demand the commissions that were promised to her after closing a sales deal for an account.


Meanwhile, Chan also reported to the Singapore Police Force that she has received death threats and harassment. Police are now investigating.


Chan earlier apologised for her misconduct and is reported to be working with TAFEP and MOM.


"I will be accountable for my actions. I hope that everyone can give me the time and space to settle things privately with the relevant parties and dutifully with the relevant government entities. I hope that I will be given a chance to work on myself to become a better person, and a better leader," she disclosed.


With SG$250,000 (USD184,778) worth of deals gone, among them with MILO and Colgate, Chan mentioned that the company has suffered losses when the scandal surfaced.


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