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China – Graduate wins gender discrimination case

05 February 2013

A female graduate in China has won a landmark gender discrimination case after a company had placed a discriminatory job advertisement for a sales position. The 25-year old, who wished to remain anonymous, won the settlement and was awarded CNY 601 (approximately  USD 97).

She had applied for the position, but was denied an interview because she was a woman. The company had stated in the advertisement that they were looking for male salespeople only. She complained to the Human Resources and Social Security Bureau in Guangzhou and claimed she was a victim of gender discrimination.

The company has now made a public apology. It states the following: “We extend our sincere apology to female applicants for the harm brought by restricting the sales position to men. We're now correcting the discriminatory behaviour, and we promise this will never happen again.”

The graduate from South China Normal University said that to China Daily: “I'm really pleased. The money is not important. I'm just glad I won this case.”

Her lawyer said that this was the first gender discrimination case in the country that favoured the complainant. But he noted that it had been an administrative complaint only and was not resolved in a judicial way. 

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