10 October 2011 #Employment
According to the findings of research by Andras Tilcsik, a Harvard social scientist which was reported on the Mail Online website this week, job applicants who submit a CV which notifies potential employers of their homosexuality are 40 per cent less likely to get called for an interview.
The results of Mr Tilcsik’s research was compiled by his sending out two sets of CVs to 1,769 US companies, with the same qualifications and experience. The main difference between the two sets of CVs was that one suggesting that the candidate was homosexual as it listed him as being the treasurer of a collegiate gay organisation.
The fictitious writer of the ‘non homosexual’ CV was invited to interview 40% more often that the ‘homosexual CV’.
Discrimination based on sexual preference is prohibited in the UK under the Equality Act. Unlike unfair dismissal rights for which employment status is required, discrimination claims can be brought by non employees, including candidates for positions. Companies can also be vicariously liable for acts of discrimination committed by its employees. It is therefore important that businesses train the staff who undertake their recruitment on equal opportunities and anti discrimination to ensure that recruitment decisions are based on qualifications, experience, and performance and not any potentially discriminatory factors.
Clarkslegal offers equal opportunities training to businesses which can be arranged by contacting the Employment Unit.
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