In a case out of Henan that was just reported—right here in the 21st century—a firm demanded that its female workers become pregnant only within a period of time specified by the company. Failure to do so would, it said, would result in fines and the inability to get promoted.
The credit union, located in the Shanyang district of Henan province, recently issued a notice detailing the new “arrangements” for female employees who’d been married more than a year, Bastille Post reports, citing Dahe Newspaper.
The notice said that departments would set up timeframes for the lady workers to get pregnant. Those who got knocked-up ahead of or behind schedule could face fines of up to 1,000 yuan.
“Those who fail to follow the plan, thus affecting their work, will face a one-off fine of 1,000 yuan, and will not be considered for a promotion nor considered well-performed in appraisals,” the notice said. “Those whose work is seriously affected will face a reduction from their salary and year-end bonus.”
A female worker told reporters that many workers had had no choice but to follow the ludicrous family planning notice because it was easier than finding a new job.
“However, no one can guarantee that one can get pregnant within that exact time period. The requirement is too harsh.”
A male representative from the firm explained that they recently recruited a batch of female college graduates who are at “the appropriate age for giving birth”. They issued the notice to avoid several employees getting pregnant and taking maternity leave at the same time. Because that’s how it works.
He also said they were just asking for opinions and would remove the notice if there was protest.
Staff with the local birth control office said the notice is not only unreasonable but also illegal.
By Joyce Ng
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