Our thanks to Ken for this. Extracts:
A police force has been found guilty of discrimination after it refused to give a potential recruit a job because he was a white heterosexual man.
Cheshire Police are believed to be the first organisation in the UK to be found guilty of using positive action to discriminate by deciding to shun 25-year-old Matthew Furlong in 2017.
The force rejected him while in the midst of a diversity drive after a report found in 2015 it was one of only four constabularies to have no black officers.
Mr Furlong, whose father is a serving detective inspector at Cheshire Police, claimed he was told after the interview stage “it was refreshing to meet someone as well prepared as yourself” and that he “could not have done any more”…
An employment tribunal ruled that while positive action can be used to boost diversity, it should only be applied to distinguish between candidates who were all equally well qualified for a role…
The tribunal in Liverpool heard four days of evidence before reaching its conclusion, published earlier this month, that Mr Furlong had been a victim of direct discrimination on the grounds of his sexual orientation, race and sex.
The force’s claim it had seen 127 candidates who were equally suitable for the role of police constable was a “fallacy”, the tribunal concluded. [J4MB emphasis]
In my 30+ years of working in the private sector, I never once faced a situation where two or more candidates were “equally suitable” for a role. The lie of “equal suitability” is a cynical construct in the heart of The Equality Act that enables ideologues to discriminate between candidates, and the victims of that discrimination tend disproportionately to be white heterosexual men, as in this case. “Positive action” is discrimination in all but name.
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