Jul 28, 2007

Häagen-Dazs gender and age requirements



The other day I was near Shuang An (双安), by People's University, a sort of upscale area of Beijing with a five-star movie theater and a number of multinational chain restaurants. I walked by the Häagen-Dazs ice cream store, and noticed this "help wanted" posting in the window:
本店现在招募餐厅服务员:
要求:女
年龄:18-30 周岁之间
能上夜班 (至 24:00)
Translation:
This store is currently recruiting restaurant wait staff:
Request: female
Age: between 18-30 years old
Able to work night shift (until 12 midnight)
Now, of course this is the PRC, not the US, so employers aren't subject to our laws and regulations. But in this case, it's a US-brand, Häagen-Dazs, licensed by a Swiss multinational, Nestlé. It seems like they should make the effort to set a good example and not engage in discriminatory hiring practices abroad.

Had this occurred in the US, it's clear that this type of gender discrimination would be in violation of Title VII. I believe that the age discrimination part would be illegal under The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

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