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China just prosecuted its first illegal dismissal case for trans man

January 3, 2017
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A transgender man in China has won an illegal dismissal case after being fired from his job.

The ruling is thought to be the very first in Chinese history.

The man was fired from his job after seven days working for a health centre in the southwestern province of Guizhou, Beijing, according to reports.

The Guiyang Yunyan district people’s court ordered the company to pay the man, known as Mr C, 843 yuan (£145 or $176) in salary.

They were also ordered to pay compensation of 1,500 yuan (£280 or $320), Chinese outlet The Paper reported.

However the court refuted the claim that it was specifically because of his transgender status, though it did find he was unfairly dismissed.

The employer had claimed that he had a lack of appropriate skills and that was the given reason for the firing.

The man, identified only as Mr C, said he was “quite happy” with the result.

“It is the first case in China where a sexual minority wins,” he said.

“It is also a piece of good news for the community.”

But the ruling that discrimination was not involved showed that “legislation in this field requires greater attention”, he added.

Mr C has claimed the ruling as a great step forward for lGBT people in China.

Related topics: Asia, China, court, Law, Trans

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