Gender equality

Hong Kong government should act to end the bias against hiring mothers

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2018, 9:32pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2018, 9:31pm

I am writing in response to “Half of Hong Kong employers do not want to hire women with children, study finds” (August 23).

I am upset by the news that most female employees in the city face discrimination over their family status. Family is an important unit of society, especially in Chinese communities. However, not only is discrimination against women on this ground common, the survey revealed that most of the employees affected chose not to report their cases. They may have been worried about their livelihood or upsetting their boss. And they had reason to worry, when less than half the bosses want to hire mothers with young children.

I think the government should make an effort to tackle the problem of family status discrimination. To begin with, public education is crucial. Victims of discrimination should be able to recognise the wrongdoing and be empowered to report their cases to the authorities. Also, the government should try to mediate between employer and employee so as to improve their relationship and improve communication. A harmonious working environment can be achieved so that the “motherhood penalty” no longer exists.

Tsui Kit-lam, Kwai Chung