China is about to hear its very first case of employment discrimination.
A man named Li Gang filed the lawsuit claiming Ford Motor Company and its Chinese partner, Changan Automobile Company, revoked a job offer based on an incident that showed up on his background check.
Li says he was interviewed and even tested for a job as an experienced welder. When he got the job offer, he quit his previous position and moved to be closer to his new workplace. After he made all of these changes, the company refused to hire him claiming he had an “unclean background check.”
Companies in China don’t let job seekers even apply for certain jobs if they have a criminal record. According to Li’s lawyer, the background check proves his client has a clean record. The company pulled the job offer, Li claims, not because they found evidence of a crime, but because of an incident where someone started a fight and Li defended himself. No charges were ever filed.
Li is suing the company for 56,150 yuan- about $9,200 - and he wants a public apology.
This incident wouldn’t have even shown up on a background check in the United States. This is just another growing pain for China's expanding economy. It will definitely be an interesting case to watch, especially for companies with a global presence.
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