How to manage: Discrimination in recruitment is often unintentional – here’s how to avoid it

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In a recent Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) case, Nicola Matthews said she was not shortlisted for an interview due to discrimination against her on the grounds of age when she applied for an internal promotion in the Department of Health.

Matthews, a higher executive officer, argued that the selection criteria for the role of assistant principal officer included details from which her age could be easily deduced.

The WRC concluded that unintended indirect age discrimination ...