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China to ban employers asking about pregnancy
Published on: 2021-12-23
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China would ban employers from stating gender preferences in job ads or asking female applicants about their marital and pregnancy status under a proposed overhaul of an almost three-decade-old women’s rights law.
 

The nation’s top legislative body began reviewing a draft amendment to the Women’s Rights and Interests Protection Law on Monday, as part of a five-day meeting that wraps up Friday. The legislation was in its first reading before the National People’s Congress Standing Committee and could pass as soon as next year.
 

The revised draft would provide explicit descriptions and provide a more precise legal landscape on issues such as sexual harassment.
 

Employers would be ordered to set up mechanisms to prevent, investigate and respond to such complaints, although the legal ramifications for failing to do so were unclear.
 

Female job applicants have detailed on Chinese social media and in court a wide spectrum of workplace discrimination, including being forced to sign contracts pledging not to get pregnant as a condition of their hiring, according to a Human Rights Watch published in June. One-fifth of 2019 civil service job postings in China specified a preference for male applicants, the report found.
 

这一法律修正案最快明年通过,将禁止公司招聘时询问女性婚姻状况

中国将禁止雇主在招聘广告中反应其性别偏好,或询问女性求职者的婚姻及怀孕状况。
 

国家最高立法机构周一开始审议《妇女权益保障法》的修正案草案。该立法最快可能在明年通过。
 

虽然性别歧视在中国已经广泛属于非法行为,但目前的法律是模糊的,导致执法可能存在不力的情况。修订后的草案将提供明确的描述,并为性骚扰等问题提供更精确的法律环境。
 

雇主将被命令建立机制,以防止、调查和回应此类投诉,尽管不这样做的法律后果尚不清楚。

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