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>> China's tech giants are under fire for winning women out of their applicant pool or cherry picking them based on their looks. A Human Right's Watch report said Monday that Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent are among the companies guilty of discriminatory hiring practices. Reuters Adam Jourdan in Shanghai is following the story.
>> You've got a real range. Some of them lay out that they would prefer a male candidate other sort of exclude women from applying at all. You also have some which objectify women in advertising. They're sort of targeted at male candidates. They use women, you know, pole dancing.
There are best somewhere women talk about what kind of man they would fancy. And there are others that sort of lay out the idea that the beautiful women or goddesses in the office would be sort of perks for any male that would apply for one of these big tech companies here in China.
>> Chinese laws actually ban discrimination based on gender, but Human Rights Watch says the enforcement is low, and that even the repeat offenders are rarely taken to task. The report has led to apologies at least for outrage coming in from overseas.>> Yeah, Alibaba, Tentan, and Baidu. Who all came out with statements, so talking about how either they would try and rectify the issues that existed, or saying that the issues were isolated and singular rather than reflective of some wider broader endemic issue for the firms.
Now of course, these guys are all global companies, they're global facing. They're all listed overseas, and either in Hong Kong or in America to make sure that they of course they are putting on a face globally, saying that they are taking this seriously that it is something that's important to them.
In China, it's a bit of a different matter, so far here in response to their part we have seen relatively little discussion about it, partly because they will
] office here, human rights watch are rather persona non grata here and they are trying to market a lot of their stuff is blocked.
And, on Chinese social media.>> Human Rights Watch says, the problem isn't limited to China's Silicon Valley, even jobs in the public sector guilty of gender discrimination. With nearly 20% of civil service ads either spelling out men only, or saying, men were preferred.