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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.”

Jiayun Feng

Jiayun 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 allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.