Women fired for being pregnant win first victory in court

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 20: (CHINA OUT; PHOTOCOME OUT) Graduates attend a graduation ceremony at Shanghai Jiaotong University on June 20, 2005 in Shanghai, China. According to the Ministry of Education, about 3.38 million college students will graduate this summer, 580,000 more than last year. Graduates face fierce job competition, as the number of graduates leaving colleges and universities have increased since 1999. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

The Beijing News reports (in Chinese) that the country’s first class action lawsuit against an employer that discriminated against pregnant women is in progress.

  • The plaintiffs are three women who, after becoming pregnant, had their pay docked, and then were fired by China Railway Logistics from their jobs as data center manager, customer service manager, and customer service director.
  • The first of the three women has had her case heard. The court ordered China Railway Logistics to pay her salary in arrears and additional compensation (the Beijing News does not say how much).
  • The three women are also going to “further apply for unemployment compensation according to the law.”