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Hiring discrimination against new moms

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Sixth Tone has a feature story about a rising trend of Chinese companies hiring fewer mothers to avoid maternity costs. The current law requires employers to provide a maternity allowance that varies based on salary, which was once seen as a huge leap in the country’s employment protections for new mothers, but more and more companies have adopted a series of preemptive tactics, such as being “more selective in hiring,” “grilling employees about their marital status and pregnancy plan,” and simply “giving preference to male applicants outright.”


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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.