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EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Pregnancy and Family Status Discrimination Case


The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (21 July 2004) issued legal proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (Cap. 480) and Family Status Discrimination Ordinance (Cap. 527) in the District Court on behalf of a woman who alleges that she was discriminated against by her former employer on the ground of her pregnancy and family status.

The EOC has granted legal assistance in this case on the basis that dismissal on the ground of pregnancy and family status continues to be prevalent in Hong Kong. By taking this case to court, the EOC hopes to maintain public awareness to address this issue and to remind employers that it may be unlawful to dismiss an employee because of her pregnancy and / or her family status, namely her status of having responsibility for the care of her new baby.

Enquiry: Ms. Mariana LAW 21062226