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Anti-Discrimination Laws in Hong Kong

Although Hong Kong is taking big steps towards a progressive society, discrimination in Hong Kong is still prevalent. However equal rights are considered increasingly important and the government has taken measures against discrimination in Hong Kong. Read our guide to learn more.

Government Measures

The government understands the need to legally protect minorities from discrimination and has therefore taken different measures and passed laws, making discrimination due to specific factors illegal. Thus, when trying to find a job in Hong Kong for instance, your race, sex, family status, or any disability you might have may not leave you at a disadvantage.

Complaints and Conciliation

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) is trying to enforce those laws which are designed to grant equal rights and treatment to people in Hong Kong. People who experience discrimination, harassment or even violence despite anti-discrimination laws can issue a complaint with the EOC. The EOC will then have to investigate the complaint and take further steps.

Usually, the EOC tries to resolve the conflict by means of conciliation, which is a process where both parties come together and try to find a resolution on common ground. Although conciliation is completely voluntary, the resolution which both parties eventually agree on has the function of a binding contract. If the conciliation did not lead to a solution of the complaint, you can seek for legal assistance with the EOC. You can file a complaint here. The EOC also helps and supports expats with a Hong Kong visa who have become the victim of discrimination.

 

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