Thursday, June 28, 2007
Thanks to Lesley Wexler at PrawfsBlawg for bringing to our attention some recent developments in Chinese employment discrimination law:
China has been importing many aspects of foreign legal systems in order to make itself more attractive for investment. Chinese cities and corporations are taking the latest step in this process by prohibiting sexual harassment. Although China banned sexual harassment in 2005, the amendment to the 1992 Law on the Protection of the Rights and Interests of Women failed to define the term.
"Aware that many of the city's female residents have been victims of unwanted sexual advances, Shanghai has become the first city in China to define what constitutes sexual harassment. It is the latest in a series of moves by the central and local governments to update the legal system and provide a stronger foundation for the country's burgeoning economy. Protective of its position as one of the world's premier destinations for international business, Shanghai sees itself as a companion to New York, London, and Hong Kong and has decided that it needs the institutions to match."
Two thoughts: (1) it would be great if this type of legal improvement was done for more than the cynical reason of attracting investments; and (2) maybe China will also start enforcing its child labor laws in a more uniform and effective matter.