Overlooking correlations

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 May, 1996, 12:00am

I was dismayed to read yet another pathetic defence of Lippo Securities' (now rescinded) no-pants policy, replete with the twisted logic characteristic of such positions.

A.E. Gazeley (South China Morning Post, May 23) expects us to believe that doing away with the sexist no-pants policy would cause a degeneration in Hong Kong society, including a marked increase in the incidence of single-parent families.

If only things were that simple. In mocking an 'Annie Chang-type 21st century' (reference to an earlier correspondent) already prevalent in the UK, A.E. Gazeley seems to overlook much more plausible and well-researched correlations than the purported one between women wearing pants and the collapse of the social order, like that between being a woman and getting less pay for equal work.

It is no doubt true that employers have rights, but these emphatically do not include the institution of discriminatory policies and practices. And while A.E. Gazeley may not think so, it's good that the Hong Kong Government does.