What not to say during recruitment process

2016-05-26 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

A tongue-in-cheek job advert posted at the window of a London butcher’s shop caught a lot of attention and sparked debates.

Some argued that the advert is discriminatory, some disagreed saying that the employer is just looking for someone willing to do the job.

Recruiting the right candidate is by no means an easy and straightforward task, but do you know what you can and cannot say during the recruitment process? Discrimination can take place in many different forms and sometimes employers and recruiters are just unaware of them.

Under the Equality Act 2010, it is illegal to discriminate against the following protected characteristics:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Gender reassignment
  • Sexual orientation
  • Race
  • Religious believes
  • Marital status/Civil partnership
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability

A person does not have to be employed by a company to raise a tribunal claim for discrimination during recruitment, a rejected candidate may bring a claim against the company.

There are recruitment processes that can be put in place to avoid the pitfalls of committing discrimination during recruitment. If you are not sure whether your company’s recruitment process is discrimination claims safe, call us on 01225 632240 or email us at info@renneyandco.com.

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