Shenzhen to Implement New Law on Gender Equality

Shenzhen to Implement New Law on Gender EqualityShenzhen has started implementing a new law on gender equality which is a first of its kind in the country. The law bans employers from setting preferences in recruiting for marital status, parental status and gender.

Employers caught setting gender requirements in recruiting workers will be fined 3,000 yuan up to 30,000 if they fail to correct their settings within a designated period. The gender equality law was approved in June 2012 by the city legislature in hopes to alleviate imbalance in gender ratios in industries such as nursing, law enforcement and early childhood education. By passing the regional law, Shenzhen led the role in the implementation of the national policies on gender equality and the establishment of the legislation against gender discrimination.

Furthermore the efforts in reducing gender discrimination in the workplace, the new law requires employers to create measures against sexual harassment. They also must provide anti sexual harassment education to their staff and if any incident occurs the employers are asked to address the problem swiftly. The law will also optimize female to male ratio in making public service facilities such as bathrooms. It will also strengthen the protection of victim’s domestic violence.

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