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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Star check required not only for marriage but also for employment

A check of the stars and their suitability is important for Hindus. It is highly advised not to proceed further if the stars are not compatible. However, it is uncommon to use star as deciding factor for employment.
A Chinese firm recently advertised for a job and stated in the ad that Scorpios or Virgos need not apply, whereas Capricorns, Pisces and Libras would be prioritised.

The unusual requirements are part of a job ad posted at a university in the central city of Wuhuan by an English language training company, and have generated a storm of online controversy since they were uncovered this week.

The report quoted a woman in charge at the unnamed firm as saying she had done research and found Scorpios had strong personalities and were moody, while Virgos were hugely critical and did not stay in one job for long.

The story has gone viral on the Internet, with commentators ridiculing what they say is blatant employment discrimination.

This is not the first time that unusual job requirements have sparked controversy in China. State media reported in 2004 that one of the requirements for women applying to join the civil service in the central province of Hunan was for their "two breasts to be symmetrical."

It is unclear why this was required, but news reports quoted local officials as saying the rule would soon be abolished, adding that no candidate had been rejected for that reason.

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