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Help for small firms

Recruiting an employee: A step-by-step guide

Case study two

Recruiting an employee - Myth busting: True or false? Case study two

You're on Facebook and by chance see the profile of someone who has just applied to you for a job. You notice a picture of her with two toddlers in a pushchair and think she looks too young to be a mum.

Anyway, you accidentally stumbled on the photograph - it's not as if you went looking for it - so there's no harm in that.

Well, actually there could be. You've already started to make a judgement about her which has no relevance to whether or not she's the best candidate for the job as your PA. You're now going to struggle to block out that assessment.

Should you now decide not to offer her the job, even though she's suitable for it, she might think you've made that decision because you've seen the photograph, or something similar, and don't want to employ a young mum with child-care responsibilities.

She could claim discrimination on the grounds of her sex - and at the very least you would have to gather a defence against it.

So, beware.

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