|A hotline (0571-87091730) providing legal consultation services to women on gender inequality issues was set up recently, named after Huang Rong (alias) (above), the first-ever Chinese winner of a gender discrimination case related to employment. [Women of China/ Yao Yao]|
A hotline (0571-87091730) providing legal consultation services to women on gender inequality issues was set up recently, named after Huang Rong (alias), the first-ever Chinese winner of a gender discrimination case related to employment.
'"I hope to build a platform, by making use of my own experience and relevant resources, to provide legal consultation for women who have experienced employment discrimination. We hope to achieve justice in terms of equal employment,'" Huang explained in an interview.
She has always been keen on achieving gender equality in the job market, alongside many of her friends.
Huang and her supporters sent out 369 letters of complaint to human resources and social security bureaus across China on February 12 this year in order to highlight gender discrimination. The information was also posted to the country's five main job websites in a call for strengthened measures to combat inequality.
As shown in a survey report issued by the Development Department of the All-China Women's Federation in 2011, 56.7 percent of surveyed female university students said graduates of their sex had fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. Nearly 92 percent said they had experienced gender discrimination when seeking work, with 21.1 percent reporting 'frequent', 25.3 percent 'sometimes' and 45.4 percent 'occasionally'.
Huang, at the time a graduate from a university in central China's Henan Province, filed a lawsuit on July 8, 2014 with the Xihu District People's Court in Hangzhou, Zhejiang's capital, based on gender discrimination at the New Oriental Culinary School during employment procedures. Applying for a post at the school, Huang was declined several times because she was not male and although she met all other requirements.
On November 12, 2014 she was notified that the Court had upheld her claims of discrimination and had ordered the school to pay her financial compensation.
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