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Court rules against officer reprimanded for having long hair

2017/12/07 18:47:27

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Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) The Taipei High Administrative Court ruled again on Thursday against a police officer who filed a gender equality lawsuit against his unit after it punished him for having long hair.

According to a court statement, it first ruled against police officer Yeh Chi-yuan (葉繼元) of the Second Special Police Corps in October on the basis that observance of the dress code is important to upholding the integrity of the police. As such, different requirements based on gender do not violate gender equality laws.

The October ruling addressed the 17 written warnings and the "C" grade evaluation on his performance Yeh received in 2015.

In its latest ruling, the court found there to be no procedural or factual errors in the Second Special Police Corps' 2014 review of Yeh which resulted in 36 warnings and a "C" grade for his annual evaluation that year.

He was repeatedly issued warnings for having long hair, which as a male police officer, violates the dress code.

Therefore, the court rejected this lawsuit which also claimed that Yeh's employers violated gender equality laws.

The officer filed his lawsuits on the basis that a dress code allowing women to have long hair but not men violates Articles 7 and 22 of the Constitution of the Republic of China, which guarantees equal treatment regardless of identity, and Article 7 of the Gender Equality in Employment Act.

He wanted his employers to retract the "C" grade he received for his annual evaluation.

(By Hsiao Po-wen and Kuan-lin Liu)
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