Supreme Court Judge Pledges to Safeguard Gender Equality in Workplaces

August 25, 2016
By Wang ChunxiaEditor: Rong Chen

China's Top court held a briefing session on August 22, to outline a typical case of gender discrimination encountered by a female job hunter. Meanwhile, officials from the supreme judicial system vowed to safeguard a fairer attitude among workplaces.

A Typical Case of Gender Discrimination

According to a judge, one woman surnamed Deng recently sued a local courier company for gender discrimination. The plaintiff had applied for a job online, even though the description at the time said it was only for men.

Deng had a job interview in September 2014. After a two-day trial working as a courier, the company committed to sign a contract with her a couple of weeks later.

However, Deng was later rejected via a phone call canceling the deal, at which time she was told it was because of her gender.

After consideration, Deng won the case and called on people to respect both men and women in various fields.

Remarks from a Senior Judge

Guo Feng, deputy-director of the Research Office of the Supreme People's Court of China, said that both individuals and groups of corporations assume civil liabilities for gender equality among workplaces in China.

In terms of the case of Deng, the senior judge commented that the verdict not only protects workers on the job market, but also issues a warning to corporations not to break the laws on gender equality.

Guo also explained that most companies are in favor of hiring male employees based on concerns over physical differences between men and women, or worries that women will be less able to fulfill their job responsibilities during their period. Therefore, some companies have become accustomed to using perfunctory reasons to avoid being accused of gender discrimination in rejecting women's job applications.

In such cases, female job hunters should be careful in collecting evidence, Guo suggested.

If women feel they have been unfairly treated on gender issues, they could file cases to protect their legal rights and interests in tribunals at different levels across the nation.

Chinese courts have improved labor law trials and proceedings related to gender issue disputes, said Guo. He remains confident that, in this way, as long as the justice of the law is served, the rights and interests of the people will be well protected.

As a next step, China will further simplify judicial practices and promote an automated case-filing registry system, as well as build more service centers and "make justice serve the people," the judge added.

(Source: China Women's News /Translated and edited by Women of China)

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