Height discrimination in China

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Height discrimination in China
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JIANG TAO, who is below the average height for a Chinese man, has brought a case against a branch of China's central bank for discriminating against job applicants who are on the short side. If he succeeds, which he may well not, the case will strike a blow for the smaller citizen. But its potential ramifications go much further.

 

Mr Jiang is the first person to persuade a district court in China to consider if a citizen's constitutional rights have been infringed by a government institution. In his lawsuit he accuses the bank of breaching Article 33 of the constitution, which says that all citizens are equal before the law. His lawyer, Zhou Wei, says the lawsuit is significant because it opens up the way for citizens actually to make use of their constitutional rights.

 

Such height requirements are common in China. Shanghai's East China University of Politics and Law says that male students must be at least 1.70 metres in height and females 1.60 metres. Since these heights are about the same as the national average for university students from urban areas, and students from rural areas tend to be a bit smaller, roughly half the age-group is automatically ineligible.

 

This was taken from an article in the Economist. You can find it here

 

They ended up abolishing these requirements in 2005, but I wonder how often it does on behind the scenes. It makes me think a lot about Height Discrimination works here. How can we be sure we're not being discrimated against because of Height in Employment?
 

The only height discrimination cases I've ever seen in the U.S. were filed by women.

 

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There was a piece done on this in a documentary called Short & Male a few years ago. I'm positive that height discrimination happens more in business than we can imagine. Whenever I go into group interviews, it's almost palpable. I'm not paranoid or anything, but you can tell when someone is talking down to you.

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I would be rejected. I am 1.68m tall.

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If you're not qualified for that job then don't apply. I'm sure if you are 6'1" but have iq 80 they wouldn't accept u either.

Point is, there are other jobs for u. If a woman wants u to be 6'3", and u become 6'3".. is she gonna pay ur bills?

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> I'm sure if you are 6'1" but have iq 80 they wouldn't accept u either. Point is, there are other jobs for u. If a woman wants u to be 6'3", and u become 6'3".. is she gonna pay ur bills?

 

Are you trying to justify height discriminiation?

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And those laws were overturned in 2005. Or at least they banned height discrimination. I would bet a lot of it had to do with image. The country is always being blamed for its human rights violations. That was another drop in the bucket for those guys.