Re­cruit­ing web­sites have a duty to check com­pa­nies are le­git­i­mate

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - LI WENX­ING,

a col­lege grad­u­ate from a farmer’s fam­ily in Dezhou, East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince, was found dead in Tian­jin on July 14, hav­ing moved there to take up his first job af­ter grad­u­at­ing less than a month ago. Bei­jing News com­ments:

Li’s par­ents said that af­ter he went to work for a com­pany in Tian­jin he seemed like an­other per­son. Although the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion has yet to reach a con­clu­sion, tes­ti­monies sug­gest that Li’s death was directly re­lated to his “em­ployer”, which was not a sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy com­pany reg­is­tered in Bei­jing, as stated on the re­cruit­ing web­site, but rather a pyra­mid scheme.

If that is the case, it will only be mat­ter of time be­fore the po­lice crack the il­le­gal or­ga­ni­za­tion. How­ever, the re­cruit­ing web­site must also be held ac­count­able for not ver­i­fy­ing the le­git­i­macy of the com­pany.

Job seek­ers such as Li trust the web­site, as they

be­lieve th­ese plat­forms are le­gal and well-su­per­vised. But reg­is­ter­ing a web­site with the busi­ness and cy­berspace au­thor­i­ties as re­quired by the law, although it makes the web­site le­gal, does not mean the web­site is well-su­per­vised or well-be­haved. Low­er­ing the thresh­old for ad­ver­tis­ers directly re­duces the web­site’s op­er­a­tional costs. But do­ing so pro­vides shady “com­pa­nies” with the le­gal means to prey on fresh tar­gets. To some ex­tent, if the com­pany was in­volved in il­le­gal pyra­mid-sell­ing, the re­cruit­ing web­site was its ac­com­plice in Li’s death.

Col­lege grad­u­ates should raise their self-pro­tec­tion aware­ness and check their po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers are le­git­i­mate be­fore tak­ing up a job.

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