What you need to know… discrimination basics

Job advertisements need to give the impression that all suitable applicants are welcome to apply.

Discriminatory advertising is against the law.

References to sex, relationship status, age, race, religion etc should be avoided, as should the use of words that may indicate a preference for particular groups or may discourage others from applying, eg foreman, tradesman, glamorous, well-built, mature, youthful, office girl etc.

If a publisher publishes an advertisement which is later found to be discriminatory they can receive a financial penalty along with the advertiser.

This is because it is unlawful for a person to ‘knowingly … aid another person to contravene’ the legislation.

In the pdf below are some of the basics you should know…


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