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Sex discrimination in recruitment

05 February 2010

Our client applied for a senior board position at a major UK company. Despite being more than qualified for the role being a former Chief Executive of another large company, her application was rejected on the basis that the parent company, an overseas group, did not want a female in the role.

We pursued a successful sex discrimination claim on behalf of our client, who received compensation corresponding to the loss of earnings until she secured a new role. Unusually, the claim was pursued against both the hiring company and the recruitment firm handling the search. The case highlights the fact that discrimination in recruitment is just as unacceptable as it is in the workplace itself.