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Avoid these five discriminatory selection practices - they go against the EE Act!

by , 13 August 2014
The Employment Equity Act (EE Act) is against any form of unfair discrimination in the workplace.

It calls on you to NOT discriminate against potential employees when you recruit.

If you cross the line, you could land up at the CCMA and, if you lose your case, you could end up paying someone who wasn't even your employee 24 months' salary!

To avoid having this problem on your hands, steer clear of these five discriminatory selection practices - they're illegal and go against the EE Act.


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Don't go against the EE Act! Steer clear of these five discriminatory selection practices


Don't discriminate a candidate because of:

#1: Political opinion

If you're an ANC supporter, you can't discriminate against someone who supports a different party.

#2: Family responsibility

Discriminating against a candidate because he has family obligations is unfair. In the screening process, don't ask about the applicant's family responsibility. Focus on whether he can do the job or not.

#3: Trade union affiliation

You can't refuse a person a job because he belongs to a union or says he wants to join a union.

#4: Religion

If, for example, a Jewish person applies for a job, you can't hire him on condition that he works on Jewish holidays.

#5: Pregnancy

Unless you can prove job continuity's an essential part of the job, you can't turn someone down just because she's pregnant.

Here's the bottom line: You can't turn down an applicant for subjective reasons. So avoid these five discriminatory selection practices at all costs so you can comply with the EE Act.

We urge you to check out the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. It contains 14 more discriminatory selection practices you must avoid.

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