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Discrimination in recruitment

7 December 2012

The BBC reports on the personal effect of discrimination in recruitment.

This serves as a reminder to businesses that an Employment Tribunal claim can come from a job applicant. 

An individual can bring a claim that they have been discriminated against by:

  • the arrangements an employer makes for offering employment – for example the application form, the advert and person specification
  • the terms on which employment was offered
  • not being offered employment.

Your business should always be able to justify and evidence why it has declined to call someone in for an interview/not make a job offer.  It is not unknown for a candidate to send in duplicate applications with slightly different information related to a protected characteristic.

Tips

  • Train decision makers in equal opportunities, avoiding stereotyping and scoring objectively
  • Avoid questions not relevant to the role
  • Keep a paper trail including notes of the short listing process, the interview and panel discussions following interview

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