Equal Opportunities Commission


Family Status Discrimination

Family Status Discrimination Ordinance (Cap. 527) (FSDO)

Under the FSDO, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the ground of family status. "Family status" means the status of having a responsibility for the care of an immediate family member, and "immediate family member", in turn, means a person who is related to someone by blood, marriage, adoption or affinity. Victimisation is also unlawful under the FSDO.

The areas of activities for which a person may lodge a complaint under the FSDO are the same as those under the SDO, which include

  • employment
  • education
  • provision of goods, services and/or facilities
  • disposal and/or management of premises
  • eligibility to vote for and to be elected or appointed to advisory bodies
  • participation in clubs
  • activities of the Government