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Topic Reading-Vol.2495-2/9/2019

Dear MEL Topic Readers,
South Korea's glass ceiling: the women struggling to get hired by companies that only want men
Gender prejudice and discrimination have been in workplaces far too long to change, at least in South Korea. Even though women are supposed to be given the same treatment and right by law, South Korean women are challenged by discrimination and unfair treatment both in the hiring process and at the workplace. For example, while male candidates are asked job-related questions, female applicants are asked only about their family plan. In some cases, female candidates were deducted their test and interview scores to be disqualified. Though such conducts are unlawful, they seem to have been practiced all over the place. Is it because the penalties are too small to bother the employers, or the laws aren’t enforced properly?
It is indeed difficult to change what is in people’s subconscious and what has been practiced in a society for a long time. But it is time to realize that women are an essential workforce especially when the population is declining, and the society is aging rapidly like South Korea, Japan, and China.
Enjoy reading and think if the lawmakers are supposed to just make laws or also be responsible to make the laws properly enforced.

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