Recruitment consultant, Nicole Mamo, was astonished when her advertisement for a cleaner was rejected from Job Centre Plus. She was informed that she was unable to advertise for a “reliable person” as this was discriminating against unreliable people!

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The legal position is that an advertisement cannot discriminate against someone on the grounds of their sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, race or religion or religious belief. For example “school leaver”.

Therefore the reliability of a person has nothing to do with any of the six grounds of discrimination as listed above and cannot in itself constitute discrimination.