Police Reject ‘Exceptional’ Recruit for Being a White Male, Tribunal Finds
UK police violate 'positive action' legislation, illegally discriminate against applicant
Police in Cheshire, UK have violated “positive action” legislation to illegally discriminate against an “exceptional” applicant for being a straight white male, according to an employment tribunal ruling.
Matthew Furlong applied to Cheshire Police so he could follow his father footsteps, who is currently a detective inspector on the force.
But Furlong was rejected despite being told: “it was refreshing to meet someone as well-prepared as yourself.”
The applicant was also told he “could not have done any more” following the interview stage of the recruitment process, according to ITV.
British employers cannot discriminate against people on “protected characteristics” including race, sex, and sexuality under the Equality Act of 2010.
But employers can, however, choose from certain groups over others, usually white people, and in particular white men if they are e of “equal merit.”
According to Breitbart: Employers can also outright discriminate against people from “under-represented” groups for training programmes, workshops, and so-called internships — many of which pay more than a typical working-class job — aimed at increasing employment prospects.
Mr. Furlong’s father complained to the Cheshire Police, maintaining the force’s claim that it had received applications from 127 other candidates who were just as qualified as his son — who studied particle physics and cosmology at Lancaster University — was untrue.
An employment tribunal agreed that this was a “fallacy” after finding that the force had only assigned potential candidates a simple “pass” or “fail” in the recruitment method, rather than any sort of score, and then treated all “passes” as equal in order to take advantage of the positive action provisions.
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“Matthew was denied his dream job simply because he was a white, heterosexual male,” explained lawyer Jennifer Ainscough.
“This is the first reported case of its kind in the UK where positive action has been used in a discriminatory way. Matthew’s courage in speaking out will hopefully ensure it is the last.
“Had he not been such an exceptional candidate he may not even have suspected anything was wrong, and this unlawful and unacceptable selection process may have been allowed to continue,” she added — perhaps suggesting that many other candidates may have been unfairly rejected in this way, either without realizing it or without being able to prove it.
Sara Thornton has said the law should be changed so forces can actively discriminate against white recruits to increase diversity.
The ruling comes as Chief Constable Sara Thornton, who heads the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), is lobbying for so-called “positive discrimination” to be legalized, making it acceptable for police forces and other employers to reject white candidates like Matthew Furlong to boost diversity.
“It is a political judgment, isn’t it? How important is this? If it’s important [to increase diversity], then I think you need to look at [postive discrimination],” she insisted.