A company in Taipei has been slapped with a 300,000 NTD (9,855 USD) fine after it refused to hire an HIV-positive job applicant, Want China Times reports.
The Persons with HIV/AIDS Rights Advisory Association of Taiwan filed a complaint with the Taipei Department of Health after learning that an employer had discriminated against the unidentified applicant because he or she was infected with HIV.
The company was fined for violating regulations safeguarding rights of people with HIV and AIDS, which are both still heavily stigmatized throughout certain parts of Taiwanese society.
If these individuals’ rights to education, medical treatment, employment or residence are violated, those responsible could face fines ranging up to 500,000 NTD, according to Taipei’s Department of Legal Affairs.
The employer tried to file an appeal but it was swiftly rejected by the cool hand of justice.