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Avoiding discrimination and the perception of discrimination is crucial during the recruitment process to ensure fairness and equal opportunities for all candidates. In this article, Jo Cullen from Edwards Durthie Shamash Solicitors provides a comprehensive checklist of do’s and don’ts for employers to follow in order to minimize the risk of discrimination. By implementing these, employers can create an inclusive and fair recruitment process that values diversity and avoids discrimination.
Finding the right candidate for a vacancy can be difficult as an employer not only needs a candidate with the required experience and skills, but also needs to find a candidate who is the right fit for the organisation.
The recruitment process for a new employee can give rise to a number of risks to a potential employer including discrimination. Under the Equality Act 2010 (the Act) a person should not be discriminated against in relation to any of the nine “protected characteristics”: age, race, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. This applies to any recruitment and interview process. A prospective employer should take care in drafting vacancy advertisements and ensure that any questions asked, or comments made at an interview do not go against the spirit of the Act in relation to any of the nine protected characteristics. This article sets out a checklist of the “dos” and “don’ts” for an employer to use during the recruitment process to help avoid discrimination or the inference of discrimination.
Steps to take to help avoid discrimination or the inference of discrimination during the recruitment process
If you have any queries or need help with drafting or reviewing recruitment policies or training for your staff around the interviewing process, please contact Jo Cullen Head of Employment at Edwards Duthie Shamash for a free initial discussion – Josephine.Cullen@edslaw.co.uk or 020 8475 7401. Edwards Duthie Shamash employment law solicitors are based in London and Essex with offices at Waterloo, Stratford, Wanstead and Ilford.
The information contained in this checklist is provided for guidance. It is provided for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice that is specific to your particular circumstances. It is strongly recommended that you seek advice
before taking action.
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