A recent story in the NZ Herald highlights a common mistake many
employers make when recruiting staff.
An advertisement placed by an Auckland vet clinic suggested that
the position was not suitable for someone planning to take long
periods of "time off for parenting". While many employers may
feel this way, discrimination when recruiting can get you into hot
The textbook example of how not to advertise for staff was the
advertisement placed many years ago in a local paper by the
proprietor of a petrol station seeking "a keen young Christian man"
to work as a forecourt attendant.
The owner was apparently very surprised to learn that in just
five words he had discriminated in three different ways!
The Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the grounds
- Marital status
- Religious belief
- Ethical belief
- Ethnic or national origins
- Political opinion
- Employment status
- Family status
- Sexual orientation
To avoid a complaint, think about what skills and attributes you
want candidates to have, rather than relying on discriminatory
The good news is, you can definitely advertise for keen
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