EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Disability Discrimination Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (24 September 2004) issued legal proceedings under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 487 in the District Court, on behalf of a woman who was dismissed by her employer on the ground that her mother had contracted SARS.
The EOC has granted legal assistance in this case on the basis that there is much public concern over persons who are discriminated against on the basis of disabilities of family members, and to whom disabilities are imputed. Granting legal assistance in this case can clarify the legal position in Hong Kong, and serve the purpose of reminding employers of the balance between protecting public health and the rights of employees under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance.
Enquiry: Ms. Mariana LAW 21062226