A hepatitis B virus (HBV) carrier has delivered food to CEOs of two major meal delivery companies to protest against their discriminatory hiring policies against the group.
The HBV carrier Li Jichao, also a member of Yi You Charity, a NGO that focuses on issues of discrimination against HBV carriers, delivered food to Cheng Wei, CEO of Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing and Wang Xing, CEO of online catering service platform Meituan, on Wednesday, to call for the platforms to revise a provision in their food delivery service which prohibits "carriers of viral hepatitis" from applying for the job.
Li's move came after an earlier report published by news site thepaper.cn that claimed a man in East China's Jiangxi Province quit his application to a part-time job as a Meituan delivery man because he checked the job description and the company said that applicants with "viral hepatitis" are not qualified to register on the platform.
The report has triggered a heated discussion, with many people saying that the provision is discriminatory against HBV carriers and will worsen the prejudice against them.
Didi Chuxing replied to thepaper.cn that the company will research this issue carefully, while Meituan replied on Friday that "we require our deliveryman to pass a heath examination and we strictly obey the country's laws and regulations on food safety."
According to China's Food Safety Law implemented in 2009 and a revised version in 2015, both stated that those who suffer from diseases including viral hepatitis A and viral hepatitis E should be transferred to a position that will not affect food security. Neither mentioned that HBV carriers should be banned from working in the food industry.
However, the two companies failed to give a positive response on whether they will amend their provisions based on the laws.
HBV can be spread through the exchange of bodily fluids, such as contaminated blood, unprotected sex, and from mother to children. It cannot be contracted through normal contact, such as shaking hands or hugging.
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