Papers accused of sex bias
Four newspapers face legal proceedings for carrying job advertisements containing sex discrimination, the Equal Opportunities Commission said.
A statement from the commission said: 'A discriminatory advertisement was placed in the South China Morning Post on 19 June 1997 advertising for a 'male messenger/cleaner'.' Wen Wei Po carried an advertisement for a female instructor in Chinese painting and calligraphy, it said.
Apple Daily ran an advertisement for 'male bartenders working part-time at night', and a Ming Pao advert asked for a female reception clerk.
Commission chairman Fanny Cheung Mui-ching said the Sex Discrimination Ordinance stipulated that job adverts with sex-specific descriptions were taken to indicate an intention to discriminate, unless they contained an indication to the contrary.
She said the commission was taking the case to the District Court and seeking financial penalties.