BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) _ Thai women will soon be protected for the first time against sexual harassment in the workplace.

The new regulations come under a labor protection law awaiting King Bhumibol Adulyadej's signature and expected to take effect later this month.

The law forbids employers and superiors from harassing their women employees through words or actions, and mandates a $375 fine for violators. But the law's vague wording leaves the courts to decide what constitutes harassment.

``This law warns men to be aware,'' Sen. Saisuree Chutikul, one of Thailand's few women legislators, said Thursday. ``We have dignity, we are also human beings. Sexual harassment is just not right.''

Sexual harassment has long been a problem in Thai society. Bosses are invariably men and women employees fear they will lose their jobs if they resist advances, Saisuree said.

``From now on, women can sue if being forced to go out or to sleep with their boss,'' she said.