Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Taipei Labor Bureau Fines The Catholic Dominican International School In Taiwan $20,000 For Sacking Two LDS Teachers Because They Are Mormons

The Taipei City Government Bureau of Labor has fined the Catholic Dominican International School in Taipei US$20,000 for sacking two Mormon teachers because of their religion.

The school told the teachers earlier this year that their contracts would not be renewed due to their religion, prompting the teachers to file a complaint with the Bureau of Labor since all schools in Taiwan are banned from discriminating against staff of different faiths or forcing them to attend religious events. After the bureau started to investigate the complaint, the school tried to claim that it was a performance issue and that they were actually "unfit to teach", but other teachers backed their American colleagues, saying their religion had not posed a problem. Labor officials noted that it is the first time that religious discrimination in the workplace has been punished in Taiwan. read a short history of the Catholic Dominican International School HERE.

Taiwan is one of four East Asian countries where the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has established a solid presence, the others being the Philippines, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. As of December 31st, 2010, Taiwan has 53,111 LDS members organized into 100 congregations, with a temple in Taipei serving 11 stakes and one district on the island.


Anonymous said...

Good job to these ladies for standing up for themselves and kudos to the Taiwanese government for solidly supporting people's right to work without fear of religious discrimination (big contrast to China here). Hopefully this will help someone else in the future too.

Anonymous said...

doesnt surprise me. this school is very narrow minded and self serving. they really dont care about anybody else accept the well-being of the 'sisters'. what a mockery of basic human rights.