Taiwan's employers can’t fire pregnant foreign workers

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Ministry of Labor (MOL) reiterated Wednesday that employers firing foreign workers who are pregnant, have given birth, or are raising children during their service will subject to penalties, including a fine of up to NT$1.5 million (US$49,900).

Violators’ permits to hire foreign workers will be revoked and they will be banned from employing foreign workers, the MOL said in a report to the legislative Environmental Hygiene Committee.

The ministry declared in August last year that Taiwan has revised labor regulations to remove pregnancy testing from the list of medical tests required for foreign workers, out of protection for maternity and respect for international human rights.

Under the Act of Gender Equality in Employment and the Regulations Governing Management of the Health Examination of Employed Aliens, employers are not permitted to discriminate against or sack foreign workers if they are pregnant or give birth during their employment in Taiwan.

The MOL also noted on Wednesday that if foreign workers give birth during their employment and are capable of raising their children, they are allowed to stay, along with their children.