Discrimination – Interview Process

The Equality Acts legislation prohibits discrimination for employees in a workplace environment and provides rights for employees to activate if discrimination arises, which can include discrimination in the interview process.

Discrimination falls into a set number of categories and occurs when one person is treated less favourably than another person is, has been or would be treated in a comparable situation on any of the following grounds:

  • that one is a woman and the other is a man;
  •  that they are of different civil status;
  • that one has family status and the other does not;
  • that they are of different sexual orientation;
  • that one has a different religious belief from the other;
  • that they are of different ages
  • that one is a person with a disability;
  • that they are of different race, colour, nationality or ethnic or national origins;
  • that one is a member of the traveller  community.

The scope of protection afforded by the legislation does not only cover a person once they become an employee.

If a job applicant attends an interview and discrimination arises in the form of race, for example, the legislation covers access to employment in terms of prohibiting discrimination.

The scope of prohibited conduct is wide and covers each stage of the employment journey.

Disclaimer – Discrimination in the Interview Process Article

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