A Shanghai court yesterday awarded compensation of 5,000 yuan to a hepatitis B carrier who claimed he was rejected for a job by the subsidiary of a Taiwan computer maker due to discrimination over his health condition - ending the first legal case of its kind in the city. The court rejected the man's demands for more than 60,000 yuan compensation for psychological distress and a public apology from the company. The court would only allow the company to 'voluntarily' offer the lower payment of 5,000 yuan, according to his lawyer and court documents. Shanghai's Nanhui District People's Court heard the case. The man lodged the lawsuit in April, accusing Changshuo Technology Co - a subsidiary of Taiwan-based computer equipment manufacturer Asus - of rejecting him for a job as an assistant engineer because he was a hepatitis B carrier. The court said the company had not violated the law since the man had signed an agreement before a physical examination, which required his health condition to meet standards. His lawyer, Qu Jian, called the verdict completely unreasonable and vowed to appeal to a higher court. 'The agreement didn't clarify what kind of standards he should meet,' she said. The court also said that since the agreement was signed before the man had graduated from university, the two parties had not established a 'formal labour relationship' and the company did not infringe his rights. The man was initially accepted by the company after two rounds of interviews in 2005, but rejected after receiving his health report, which indicted he was a hepatitis B carrier. In May, the ministries of health and labour and social security banned employers from imposing compulsory hepatitis B tests on job applicants unless required by regulations. The guidelines also subject medical facilities to confidentiality clauses. The National People's Congress also passed rules at the end of August to protect victims of infectious diseases. Ms Qu said the rules were vague and lacked specifics.