Chinese Tech Giants and Government under fire for ‘Men Only Jobs’ Ad

FILE PHOTO: An employee is seen behind a glass wall with the logo of Alibaba at the company's headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Chance Chan/File Photo

BEIJING- Top Chinese tech firms and some government departments have been singled out in a report that says discriminatory hiring practices based on gender are widespread in China and are linked to a shrinking proportion of women in the labour force.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Baidu Inc and Tencent Holdings Ltd posted job ads that deterred women from applying and even objectified women according to Human Rights Watch report released on Monday.

In many of the adverts they boasted of “beautiful girls” at their workplace as a selling point for new employees, some even showed specific height, appearance and temperament requirements for women that were unrelated to the roles.

Tencent said in a statement, “We have investigated these incidents and are making immediate changes. We are sorry they occurred and we will take swift action to ensure they do not happen again,”

Company spokesperson for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said, “will conduct stricter reviews of the recruiting advertisements to ensure compliance with our policy.”

Whilst Baidu spokeswoman said the adverts were, “isolate instances.”

This report comes as China is experiencing their own #MeToo movement, against sexual harassment and assault and gender discrimination.

Photo Credit- Reuters

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