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Workplace gender equality making great strides: poll

TAIPEI -- Since a law to protect gender equality in the workplace was implemented in 2002, companies have taken various measures to promote equality of the sexes, according to survey results released Thursday by the Ministry of Labor.

The ratio of companies meeting overall requirements under the Act of Gender Equality in Employment is as high as 90 percent, the survey shows.

Over 90 percent of the employees polled said they have not been unfairly treated in the workplace because of their gender, with only 5.2 percent of female workers saying they are not treated equally in terms of salary hikes, and only 1.9 percent of male workers saying they are not equally treated in terms of their job assignments.

Over 90 percent of the companies said they do not consider the gender factor when taking care of day-to-day business.

The items companies consider gender-relevant include job assignment (27.9 percent) and salary standards (9.3 percent).

Meanwhile, nearly 95 percent of the female workers polled said they have not been unfairly treated because of pregnancy or having babies, with only 5.2 percent saying they have been unfairly treated, mainly in terms of experiencing difficulty taking leave and hurdles in getting promotions.

The survey also found that the ratio of employees who said they would return to work after having a baby was as high as 97.3 percent, with most of them saying they would return to their original companies.

Seventy-nine of the firms with over 250 workers also provided nursery services in 2013, which was an increase of 42.8 percentage points over 2002.

The number of those who took parental leave without pay also increased significantly to 79.4 percent in 2013 from 38.9 percent in 2002.

Turning to the question of sexual harassment in the workplace, the ratio of responding employees who said they have not been sexually harassed was as high as 95 percent, with only 4.2 percent of female workers and 1.7 percent of male workers reporting the problem.

The ministry collected effective samples from 3,283 companies and 3,109 employees in November 2013 to find out how successful the new law's implementation has been.

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