Female College Grad Wins Hukou Discrimination Lawsuit

August 6, 2014
Editor: Arnold Hou
A female college graduate named Jiang Yaping has won a lawsuit against a work unit for hukou, or household registration, discrimination. [roll.msn.com.cn/]

A female college graduate named Jiang Yaping has won a lawsuit against a work unit for hukou, or household registration, discrimination.

Jiang was awarded 11,000 yuan (U.S. $1,783) in compensation from the Gulou Human Resources Service Center in Nanjing, capital city of east China's Jiangsu Province, within seven days after the judgment was made on July 30.

Jiang, an Anhui Normal University graduate who majored in law in 2013, learned on April 8, 2013 that the telephone consultation center under the Nanjing Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau would recruit 10 telephone consultants, a position she intended to apply for. However, Jiang was rejected because her hukou was not in Nanjing and she did not meet the recruitment requirements.

Regarding this as a case of hukou discrimination, Jiang then complaint about the Bureau to the Department of Jiangsu Human Resources and Social Security, but did not get a reply.

Jiang said that she later received an explanation from the Bureau, which said that the telephone consultant post offers a low salary and due to the high living cost in the city, non-locals would not work long. In addition, the Bureau said that non-locals could not understand the dialect. But Jiang thought that the work unit should focus on a job seeker's capabilities for work instead of other factors.

In May 2013, Jiang sued the Bureau, but the court rejected her, asking her to apply for labor arbitration first.

On July 23, 2013, Jiang entrusted a lawyer to submit the arbitration application to the Nanjing Arbitration Committee for Labor Disputes, asking for an apology and compensation of 50,000 yuan (U.S. $8,104) from the Bureau. Again, her case was rejected. Jiang did not give up and made applications several more times.

On January 22, 2014, Jiang's case was officially filed by the Gulou People's Court in Nanjing. After waiting for months, Jiang got the final judgment on July 30.

In an interview with a reporter, Jiang said she had met such discriminative situations several times and thus was determined to protect her legal rights and interests using the law.

Jiang also said she was satisfied with the judgment, although she had spent a lot of time and energy on it. "The compensation was not important to me and I attach more importance to the fact that the work unit recognized and admitted its mistake," she said.

(Source: anhuinews.com/Translated by Women of China)

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