Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on August 31, 2010
China – For the first time, a Chinese court has agreed to hear a lawsuit brought by a man who was fired from his job solely based on his positive HIV-status. Chinese law dictates that HIV discrimination is illegal, but until now no court has ever agreed to hear a case.
Zheng Jineng, an attorney for the unidentified man who filed suit after he was fired from his position as a schoolteacher, said, “In the past on sensitive cases like this, the court would be very reluctant to accept the case. But this time they accepted it smoothly and quickly. That means the legal system in China is making progress.”
In recent years the government has become more progressive on HIV issues, offering free antiretroviral medications and screening to its citizens.