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Updated 9:12 AM EST, Tue, Jan 05, 2021

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Transgender Man Wins First Employment Discrimination Case in China

A Chinese court ruled in favor of a transgender man in the country's first transgender employment discrimination case.

(Photo : Facebook) A Chinese court ruled in favor of a transgender man in the country's first transgender employment discrimination case.

 A Chinese transgender man identified as Mr. C won the first unfair dismissal case in China on Tuesday (Jan. 3) after an overrule court.

Mr. C, who was born a woman but identifies as a man, was fired last year by the Ciming Health Check-up Center in Guiyang after only working for seven days for allegedly wearing men's clothings, the BBC reported.

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A local news quoted the manager of the health center saying that Mr. C's "appearance really didn't fit... standards."

The court said that Mr. C was illegally dismissed from work but did not specify the case as discrimination against transgender people. The court also ordered the company to pay Mr. C a month worth of salary and compensation of 2,000 yuan, the Guardian reported

On the other hand, Mr. C told AFP on Tuesday that he was "quite happy" with the result, adding that the case was never about the money but of preserving dignity, raising awareness of transgender and other sexual minorities, and pushing for anti-discrimination legislation to protect more people like him.

China remains deeply conservative when it comes to gender and sexuality. Activists said they face broad discrimination and have attempted to use the courts to push their causes.

Although Mr. C's victory on the case is said to be limited, it created a legal landmark that managed to bring wider attention to transgender issues in China to protect the labor rights of the LGBT community.

Chinese labor law contains an anti-discrimination clause that covers ethnicity, religion, and sex but not gender or sexual identity.

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