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New guidance issued on job adverts

Last week saw the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) issue new guidance on advertisements and, in the same week, a marketing firm posted a job advert seeking dyslexic applicants, stating the firm required “people with a unique mind”. The EHRC has yet to comment on whether it views the advert as discriminatory but it serves as a timely reminder that companies should carefully consider the wording of job adverts before hitting ‘send’ and sending it off into the ether.

Job adverts have, for some time, resulted in employers being brought before the Employment Tribunal by potential job applicants for unwittingly including discriminatory language when recruiting.  Here we take a brief look at the law relating to advertising, remind you of some wording which has landed employers in hot water over the years and give you a few points to consider next time you’re recruiting.

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