Chinese Court Rules Trans Man’s Termination Unfair But Not Biased

Chinese Court Rules Trans Man’s Termination Unfair But Not Biased

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China’s first legal case regarding trans employment discrimination has come to a close with the court ruling that a trans employee’s termination was illegal but could not be proven to be the result of prejudice.

The plaintiff, a trans man identified by the media only as “Mr. C”, brought the case to court after he was fired from his job after one week’s probation at Ciming Health Checkup Center in Guiyang, the capital of the southwestern province of Guizhou. The New York Times writes, “Mr. C said in an interview in April that the company’s human resources manager had complained that he dressed like a gay man and looked too ‘unhealthy’ to be an employee for a health checkup company.”

The court ruled that Ciming Health Checkup Center failed to prove that it fired Mr. C for legitimate reasons and ordered the company to pay 2000 renminbi ($287) in compensation. But the court also ruled that there wasn’t enough proof to determine that Mr. C’s termination was the result of bias against trans people.

Mr. C, quoted in Pink News, said he was “quite happy” with the result, adding, “It is the first case in China where a sexual minority wins. It is also a piece of good news for the community.”

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