A survey published by the Taiwanese employment agency, 1111 Job Bank, on Aug.20 found that 61 percent of respondents have experienced some forms of workplace discrimination.
Within the 61 percent, the majority are over the age of 45, while female respondents commonly reported experiences of appearance-based discrimination. Workplace mistreatments have led to rapid job switch among around 30 percent of respondents.
According to the survey, out of the 61 percent respondent with experiences of workplace discrimination, age discrimination constitutes 38.3 percent, followed by appearance-based discrimination of 12.8 percent. More than half of the 61 percent were individuals aged 45 or older. Regarding appearance discrimination, female respondents make up around 65.3 percent of the responses.
Chi-Sheng Ho (何啟聖), vice president of 1111 Job Bank, said that even though Article 5 of Employment Service Act (就業服務法) prohibits employers from discriminating against any job applicant or employee on the basis of, for example, age, gender, appearance, race, to just name a few, discrimination in the workplace is ubiquitous. Discrimination towards job seekers aged over 45 is likely due to the fact that they are closer to the age of retirement. According to the Labour Standards Act, a worker aged 55 or older and has worked for 15 years, or a worker aged 60 or older and has worked for 10 years, may apply for voluntary retirement. Thus, many employers feel discouraged to hire older workers as they risk paying a retirement pension.
The survey also found that 29.7 percent of respondents had previously quit a job after the first day of work. Reasons were said to be that the job was different from what was promised in the interview (43.2 percent), unbearable work atmosphere (28.2 percent), difficulty in adapting to the corporate culture (22.8 percent), bad working environment (22.2 percent), and that they were asked to do chores outside of their responsibilities (15.9 percent).