In the last year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has received over 100 complaints about discriminatory advertisements. The grounds of discrimination were wide ranging.
Asking for a Saturday boy to work in a garage or a part-time shot girl to work in a bar may be considered obvious mistakes by some. But could a haulage company advertise only for articulated lorry drivers under 55 years old, because statistics show an increased risk of heart attack over this age? Could an employer advertise for employees of a particular nationality, for example for Polish or Eastern European workers?
The EHRC has published a series of helpful guidance notes giving practical examples to explain what is and what is not acceptable under the Equality Act 2010. To link to the EHRC guidance: