Taipei, April 18 (CNA) The 85 Degrees C cafe chain has been fined for violating the Employment Services Act for refusing to hire a Chinese woman with a Taiwan resident permit, Taipei City's Department of Labor said Wednesday.
After a complete investigation, the cafe chain was fined NT$100,000 (US$3,389) for being discriminatory in its hiring practices at a store in Taipei City, the labor department said.
The labor department added that it launched its investigation after receiving a complaint from the Chinese woman, who holds a resident certificate after marrying a Taiwanese man, that she had been rejected the job for having no Taiwanese citizenship.
According to the Act Governing Relations Between the Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area, Chinese nationals are able to legally work in Taiwan after receiving resident certificates.
In response, the company spokeswoman Cathy Chung said the branch's superintendent has been given administrative demerits for the case.
However, Chung noted the company will file an appeal with the city government about the incident, since the rejection was result of poor communication.
Chung added that over the past eight years, the company has hired hundreds of foreign workers, including many from China and Vietnam.
(By Huang Li-yun and Hanna Liu)