China imposes hefty fines for sexist hiring practices

An employee looks up while working along a production line in Suzhou Etron Electronics Co. Ltd's factory in Suzhou, Jiangsu province in this June 8, 2010 file photo. China may be "the workshop of the world", but young rural migrant workers are less accepting than their parents were of life in the factories -- low pay, gruelling hours, and sometimes martial workplace rules. A spate of worker suicides at the tightly guarded factories that make gadgets for Apple and other electronics companies has also highlighted their plight, becoming a cause celebre for migrant workers who followed the stories online -- as well as an embarrassment to the foreign companies that depend on the plants. To match SPECIAL REPORT CHINA-LABOUR/      REUTERS/Aly Song (CHINA  - Tags: BUSINESS) - GM1E675161P01

Sexist hiring practices and workplace gender discrimination are now punishable by steep fines in China. Image: REUTERS/Aly Song

Li You
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