In a landmark ruling on 3 January, the Dongguan Municipal People’s Court, ordered the Hong Kong-owned Vtech corporation to pay 24,000 yuan in compensation to a job applicant it had refused employment on the grounds that he carried the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV).
Migrant workers, for a long time the most marginalized and discriminated group in the Chinese workforce, are now using the legal system to fight back and some are winning notable victories in the courts
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has issued new regulations designed to combat discrimination against migrant workers, women and people living the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), and crackdown on exploitative employment recruitment agencies.
A man suing the subsidiary of a Taiwanese computer company for more than 60,000 yuan after he was refused employment because he carries the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) has rejected the court's award of 5,000 yuan in compensation and plans to appeal.
China's first national conference on Hepatitis B (HBV) discrimination opened in Zhengzhou on 3 October, attended by over 50 civil rights activists and people living with HBV. The conference agreed a three-year plan to combat discrimination, press for legal reform, strengthen the regional HBV support network, raise public awareness and improve cooperation with government health agencies.
THE Chinese government's response to the increasing number of labour disputes across the country has been twofold; on the one hand it has sought to protect workers' rights through new laws and regulations, while on the other hand it has tightened social controls and blocked the creation of independent trade unions.