HR Strange But True!
January 05, 2006

Employers in China have rejected applicants because of the Chinese animal zodiac sign under which they were born, the jobseekers had asymmetrical breasts, or they had a blood type AB or B, the China Youth Daily newspaper reported recently.

Under the Chinese 12-animal cycle, the year of the dog will begin in late January. Some employers will reject applicants who were born in previous years of the dog (1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, and 1982) to avoid bad luck, according to the newspaper.

However, at least one company has advertised that it is recruiting exclusively those who were born in the year of the dog. Jilin Jiangshan Human Resources Development Company said individuals born in the year of the dog have traits the company wants.

"We believe that people born in dog years are born with some good characteristics such as loyalty and honesty," a spokesperson tells the Associated Press.

The newspaper also reported other forms of discrimination some workers have experienced in China.

  • The central Hunan province required female applicants to show that they had symmetrical breasts until public outcry forced the province to abandon the practice.
  • Some employers have used traits like a person's height or blood type for making hiring decisions.

A lawmaker in China is calling for the country to revamp its labor laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, ethnicity, and religion.

Sources: Reuters and BBC

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