Equal Opportunities Commission
Discussion Paper on Insurance Issues under the Anti-discrimination Legislation
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has received a number of inquiries and complaints on insurance practices, mainly on the refusal to provide insurance coverage, charging increased premiums on the ground of sex or disability and exclusion of coverage. <br>
EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Sexual Harassment Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (18 December 2002) issued legal proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 480 in the District Court on behalf of a woman who was sexually harassed by her colleague and was eventually victimized and dismissed by her employer after she complained against the sexual harassment.
EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Pregnancy Discrimination Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today issued legal proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 480 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.
The Perceptions and Experiences of Discrimination of People with Mental Illness in Hong Kong
A study (Study) of the perceptions and experiences of discrimination of 757 persons with mental illness in Hong Kong was jointly conducted by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), the Department of Psychiatry of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Department of Social Work of Baptist University. It focused on the first-hand experience and perception of discrimination of respondents coming from 28 halfway houses and a public psychiatric outpatient clinic. The term, Mental Health Service Users, is used in the Study as a collective description of the respondents but the experiences and perceptions relating to discrimination are not confined to medical treatment and health care. The Study covers multiple domains of life, such as work, family and social relationships in addition to medical treatment and health care.
EOC Welcomes Today's Court Judgment
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) welcomes today's judgment by the District Court in a case involving claims of discrimination brought against the Commission by its former employee. The Court dismissed the former employee's claims as "completely unmeritorious", thereby vindicating the Commission.
EOC Wins Pregnancy Discrimination Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) welcomes today's District Court ruling (28 October 2002) regarding Ms. YUEN Wai Han, who was subjected to unlawful discrimination on the ground of her pregnancy.
EOC Launches Equal Opportunities Expo 2002
The Equal Opportunities Expo 2002 kicks off today (27 October 2002), at Tai Po Mega Mall with a month-long series of events and activities to promote equal opportunities. The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has adopted for this year's Expo the theme "Put Prejudice Away", which focuses on promoting acceptance of persons with chronic illness, HIV/AIDS or mental illness.
EOC Launches Act against Discrimination Campaign
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC)'s "Put Prejudice Away" campaign featuring this year's most popular male singer and Equal Opportunities Ambassador HUI Chi-on in a poster ad, will be launched tomorrow (12 October 2002) on Hong Kong's mass-transit system. Through HUI Chi-on's action of putting down his hand, he is urging everyone to act against discrimination, put down their prejudices to make the world a better place. The month-long poster ad campaign will be seen at MTR, KCR and LRT stations.
EOC's "Career Challenge" Breaks Down Barriers
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) launched its first youth mentorship programme entitled "Career Challenge" today (22 September 2002) at Cityplaza, Tai Koo Shing. The programme to be held during October and November 2002 aims to break down barriers formed by stereotyping, which often limits career choices for young women and men. 40 secondary schools will participate in this EOC programme.
EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Disability Discrimination Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today issued legal proceedings under the Disability Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 487 in the District Court on behalf of a man who was dismissed by his employer because of his ill health and for taking too many sick leaves.
New EO Ambassador Hui Chi-on Sings First Anti-Discrimination Theme Song "A World Without Discrimination"
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) launched a major media initiative today (Saturday, 17 August 2002), unveiling its latest television API (Announcement of Public Interest) featuring Hong Kong's top singer Mr Hui Chi-on performing the Commission's first ever theme song. A carnival was held at Plaza Hollywood (Diamond Hill) to launch the TV message "Put Prejudice Away", which will begin broadcast during prime time tonight.
EOC Gives Legal Assistance in Pregnancy Discrimination and Victimisation Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has today (5 August 2002) issued legal proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, Cap. 480 in the District Court on behalf of a woman who was discriminated against by her employer after she gave notice of her pregnancy and was eventually victimised and dismissed after she complained against the discrimination.
Equal Opportunities Commission Appoints Mr. Andy Hui Chi-on as Equal Opportunities Ambassador
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) appoints Mr. Andy HUI Chi-on as the new Equal Opportunities Ambassador (平等機會大使) today (8 July 2002) and launches its summer youth project “Equal Opportunities Union 2002” in conjunction with Metroshowbiz (FM 99.7).
Educational Seminar to Discuss and Promote Integrated Education in Hong Kong
Over 400 participants attended the Equal Opportunities Commission's educational seminar titled"Learning Together: Accommodating Different Needs" today (22 June 2002) to discuss the implementation of integrated education in Hong Kong. School principals, teachers, parents, representatives from rehab groups and government departments as well as overseas experts participated in the seminar. They shared their experiences and focused their discussions on the directions of implementing integrated education to accommodate students with specific learning disabilities.
EOC Business Survey Affirms Benefits of Equal Opportunity Practices
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) today (17 June 2002) announced its findings of a major survey on employers and employees in the business sector, the first of its kind in Hong Kong which studied the current level of knowledge of anti-discrimination legislation and the level of adherence to good management practices under the equal opportunity legislation. More than three thousand employers and employees in medium to large enterprises (MLEs) , as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) participated in the "Equal Opportunity in the Business Community" survey, which included telephone interviews and focus group discussions conducted during May to November, 2001.
Equal Opportunities Commission Invites Applications to its 2002/2003 Funding Programme (Second Batch)
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) announced that application for the second batch of the 2002/2003 "Community Participation Funding Programme on Equal Opportunities" will begin tomorrow, 14 June 2002. The funding programme aims to encourage community organizations to carry out projects in promoting equal opportunities and eliminating discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, family status and disability.
EOC Research Findings on Stereotyping : A Call for Diversity
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) today (Monday, 15 April 2002) announced the results of two research projects involving students and textbooks.
Seminar to Examine the Attitudes and Skills in Reporting Persons with a Mental Illness
Over 200 participants attended the Seminar for Young Reporters – "News Reporting on Mental Illness" held on 13 April 2002 (today) to discuss the attitudes & skills in reporting persons with a mental illness. Representatives from media organizations, government departments, social welfare agencies, rehabilitation groups, psychiatric hospitals, journalism departments of various tertiary institutes and users of psychiatric rehabilitation service attended the seminar, one of the Equal Opportunities Commission's (EOC) annual media workshops. They shared their experiences and joined in discussions that focused on a positive approach in reporting the issue of mental illness.
EOC Revamps its Website to further Promote Equal Opportunities and "IT for All"
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) launched the world's first fully bi-lingual (Chinese/English) website on equal opportunities today (7 March 2002), to promote equal opportunities and the concept of "IT for All". The new website at http://www.eoc.org.hk is user friendly and is available in six modes, accommodating the needs of various kinds of Internet surfers, including persons with a disability.
"Inclusion and Equality for All in the North District" Community Roadshow
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) staged its 14th community roadshow today – in conjunction with the Hong Kong AIDS Foundation, Hong Chi Tai Ping Centre and the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation Community Rehabilitation Network today (3 March 2002) at Landmark North, Sheung Shui. Today's theme is "Inclusion and Equality for All in the North District" was the theme of the event, which aims at enhancing public awareness about AIDS, mental handicap and chronic illnesses so as to eliminate discriminatory attitudes.
EOC Takes Enforcement Proceedings in Taxi Driver Case
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) today announced that it would be taking enforcement proceedings against Mr. KO Chuen, the taxi driver found to have harassed Dr. MA Bik Yung, a wheelchair user, on the ground of her disability. Mr. KO was ordered to pay damages of $10,000 to Dr. Ma and this amount is outstanding.
Equal Opportunities Commission Invites Applications To Its 2002/2003 Funding Programme
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) announced its 2002/2003 "Community Participation Funding Programme on Equal Opportunities" today (15 February 2002). The funding programme aims to encourage community organizations and schools to carry out projects in promoting equal opportunities and eliminating discrimination on the grounds of sex, marital status, pregnancy, family status and disability.
Final Conclusion of Richland Gardens Case
Five Plaintiffs, who were assisted by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) in taking legal action against three Richland Gardens residents for interference and obstruction when working at the Kowloon Bay Health Centre, have decided not to proceed with the action against the remaining Defendant after the other two Defendants apologized in writing.
To Achieve Inclusion and Equality for All, the Equal Opportunities Commission Effects Change through Mainstreaming of Equal Opportunities Culture and Heightening of Public Awareness
The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) will focus its efforts on developing consultation papers and training services in the coming year.
The Chairperson of the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Ms. Anna WU, will meet the media tomorrow (5 February 2002) afternoon to announce its Plans for 2002. Ms. WU will also review the work of the EOC for 2001.
Richland Gardens Case Settled out of Court
After commencing legal proceedings in November last year on behalf of five Plaintiffs associated with the Kowloon Bay Health Centre (the Centre), the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has successfully negotiated an out of court settlement on their behalf. As part of the settlement, written apologies have been obtained from two defendants who are residents of Richland Gardens.