V. Race Discrimination
Under the Race Discrimination Ordinance ("RDO"), it is unlawful to discriminate, harass and vilify a person on the ground of his/her race. With the RDO in place, people of different races can live and work as one community. The RDO offers protection in several areas including the following:
- provision of goods, facilities or services;
- disposal or management of premises;
- eligibility to vote for and to stand for election to public bodies, etc;
- offering of a pupillage or tenancy in a barrister's chambers;
- participation in clubs.
The RDO provides the following exceptions under which the decisions made because of, or having an impact on, race would not be unlawful:
- genuine occupational qualification (RDO section 11);
- employment intended to provide training for skills to be used outside Hong Kong (RDO section 12);
- employment of persons with special skills, knowledge or experience (RDO section 13);
- existing local and overseas employment terms (RDO section 14);
- cemetery, crematorium or columbarium;
- special measures.
- Is there any grace period under the Race Discrimination Ordinance ("RDO")? If so, when does it end? To which group of people does it apply?
- Does the RDO cover all employers in Hong Kong?
- Do employers of foreign domestic helpers who select their helpers on the basis of race violate the RDO?
- What is Race?
- Is the RDO applicable to discrimination on the ground of religion?
- What is racial discrimination?
- What is discrimination by way of victimization?
- What is racial harassment?
- What is racial vilification?
- Can an employer refuse to offer me a job interview or position in his/her organisation because I am a Filipino and cannot read Chinese?