It appears that job candidates who aren’t caring for children or elderly relatives are viewed as not being sufficiently committed, according to the research.
In addition, telephone surveys conducted of a larger pool of respondents suggest a similar phenomenon. Among 407 employers interviewed, 43.7 per cent said it’s normal not to hire mothers, compared with 29.5 per cent who said the same thing of fathers.
Under the Family Status Discrimination Ordinance passed in Hong Kong in 1997, it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of family status.
The research team recommended that more resources should be allocated to promote the awareness of family status discrimination in Hong Kong workplaces. Interestingly, they noted that some working mothers aren’t in favor of expanded family-leave policies because they may reinforce the stereotype that mothers aren’t focused on their jobs.