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Chinese transgender man wins landmark wrongful dismissal case

Author: Benjamin Haas, The Guardian (UK), Published on: 3 January 2017

A transgender man in China has won a landmark legal challenge against wrongful dismissal in what has been described as the country’s first such discrimination case.  The man, who would only be identified as Chen, was illegally fired after just a week on the job at a medical clinic in south-west China, a court ruled.  But the judge stopped short of forcing the company to apologise and did not say Chen's dismissal was related to his gender identity.  He was also awarded 2,000 yuan (£234), a month’s wages, in the 30 December ruling...Although satisfied with the ruling, Chen vowed to continue legal challenges to force an apology...When Chen first filed his case, a manager at the Ciming Health Checkup Centre seemed to confirm the dismissal was related to Chen wearing men’s clothes...Wang Yongmei, one of Chen’s lawyers, said that without legal protection discrimination may continue without companies being held accountable...

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