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Hong Kong: Equal opportunities

Original and updating author: Nicholas Chan, Squire Patton Boggs
Consultant editor: Charles To

Note: Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. It has a high degree of autonomy and its own legal system, including in the area of employment law.

Summary

  • Discrimination in employment prohibited on various grounds. (See General)
  • Difference in treatment on the prohibited grounds is permitted in certain circumstances. (See Exceptions)
  • Sexual, racial and disability harassment in employment are unlawful. (See Sexual, racial and disability harassment)
  • Employees are protected against victimisation. (See Victimisation)
  • The law allows positive action in certain circumstances. (See Positive action)
  • Employees who believe that they have suffered discrimination can initiate legal proceedings in the district court or lodge a complaint with the statutory Equal Opportunities Commission. (See Remedies and penalties)