Companies across industries in Taiwan have come together to sign agreements to protect employment rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. That’s the word from the Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights on Monday.
Taiwan is considered to be one of the more progressive Asian countries when it comes to gay rights. Although discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity is banned in the workplace, many LGBT employees still don’t receive fair treatment at work.
Tim Cheng, the CEO of one of the companies that supports the effort, says his company has promised to treat all employees fairly and to offer them and their partners the same benefits regardless of their sexual orientation.
“Every company offers different types of benefits," said Cheng. "But we want to guarantee all employees equal treatment. Take company retreats for instance, all employees should be able to bring their spouses or partners along regardless of their sexual orientation. Employees can decide who to take along. The company has to respect their decision.”
The Lobby Alliance for LGBT Human Rights is urging more companies to join them in protecting LGBT rights.