A government directive released on Thursday bans Chinese employers from posting “men only” or “men preferred” job adverts in an effort to tackle gender-based discrimination in the workplace and encourage women to work and have children at the same time.
The directive also makes it illegal for employers to ask women about their plans for marriage or starting a family. Discriminatory practices against female job seekers are seen as an underlying cause for why Chinese women are postponing starting a family or even have a second child in order to stay competitive in the workplace.
Although current Chinese law does make it illegal to discriminate against women seeking employment, adverts openly stating a preference for men are widespread in both the private and public sectors.
Under the current directive, employers who are found guilty of breaking the law can face a fine of up to 50,000 yuan.