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Uncle Chicom Says- “No Aids in My Classrooms”

Posted by w_thames_the_d on November 16, 2010

In a surprise move -heavy sarcasm- uncle chicom, or the ruling Chinese communist party, has decided to rule against hiring a teacher who is HIV positive. The communists actually have a policy precluding the hiring of such people, and this guy sued. The guy lost, but at least he took a shot.
“The court ruling on Friday against a HIV-positive job seeker in Anqing, Anhui province, reflects ingrained homophobia in our society. It highlights the harsh reality that there is still a long way to go before discrimination against people suffering from the deadly virus can be lessened or even erased in this country.
All my sympathy goes to Xiao Wu, the plaintiff who struggled to defend his basic right of employment by suing the local education authorities for denying him a teaching job. He is not the first who has suffered discrimination because of his being different, but he chose to be the first to use the law to fight for his rights. In this sense he has not lost. It is justice that has been compromised.
The court based its verdict on the criteria for recruiting civil servants, which stipulates that any applicants tested HIV positive should be deemed disqualified. But it remains questionable whether a teacher should be seen as a civil servant, and whether restrictive rules governing the two professions can be used interchangeably.

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