Transgender man loses China's first-ever job discrimination case

Vows to continue his fight for equality...

Transgender man loses China's first-ever job discrimination case

Mr C. Photo: BBC

A Chinese transgender man complaining that he was fired unfairly has seen his case rejected by a Guizhou labour arbitration panel today.

It was the first transgender job discrimination case of its kind in mainland China.

Mr C, a 28-year-old who was born a woman, had worked in a health centre in the city of Guiyang in Southwest China and reported that he was let go for wearing men's clothes.

The panel awarded him unpaid wages but decided that the dismissal was legal.

Following the verdict, Mr C told BBC Chinese:

"Winning back my unpaid wage doesn't change a thing. This is not what I want. I will continue to appeal. I will not let it go without an apology".

Mr C lost his sales job with Ciming Checkup Company after an eight-day probationary period in 2015, with the panel accepting the company's claim that his sacking was the result of poor performance.

The panel had rejected a voice recording in which the health centre’s sales manager said that the way Mr C dressed could negatively impact the company.

Mr C continued:

"If a company can dismiss someone because of the way he dresses and is judged not illegal, then what more excuses do they need to dismiss someone?"

Despite this, he has vowed to continue his fight for equality.

"The case made me realise that discrimination against transgender [people] is more severe than I had thought. I will keep appealing to safeguard my legitimate right".

China has been heavily criticised for its record on LGBT rights in the past, and there is no protection in Chinese law against discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

The BBC added that Chinese journalists had been instructed not to report on the case.