The Dongguan Intermediate People’s Court on 22 October 2008 ruled against a plaintiff who was seeking 500,000 yuan in psychological damages after being refused employment at Nokia (China) because of his Hepatitis B (HBV) status.
Shenzhen’s new residence card has been heralded in the official Chinese media as an important step towards the elimination of discrimination against migrant workers. CLB contends that it is little more than a cosmetic exercise that only really benefits the police. Photograph by 2dogs @ flickr.com
An open letter from China Labour Bulletin to Jorma Ollila, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Nokia Corporation, concerning Hepatitis B discrimination at a Nokia plant in China. Photograph of Nokia store in Shanghai by PierrickBlons
There are 110 million migrant workers in China aged between 16 and 40 years old. They left home in the hope of building a better life for themselves and their family, yet when they start a family of their own, they are faced with a stark choice; either take their children to the cities and subject them to institutionalized discrimination, or leave them behind in the countryside in the uncert
Beijing has set up a new central government department designed to promote and defend the interests of China’s more than 130 million migrant workers. However, the Department of Migrant Workers’ Affairs will face an uphill task. Photo by onekell @ flickr.com
A long running and highly publicized Hepatitis B discrimination case concluded on 2 April 2008 after a court ordered mediation awarded the plaintiff “satisfactory” compensation for loss of potential earnings and emotional damages after his offer of employment was withdrawn because of his HBV status.