Sarah applied for a job as a community care worker with an aged care provider. She had previous experience in similar roles with other employers.
Sarah was interviewed for the position and felt it went well. It went longer than the allocated time and she felt the interviewers reacted positively to her responses. During the interview, Sarah disclosed that she lived with anxiety and depression.
Sarah progressed to the next stage of recruitment, providing further information and submitting to a police check and pre-employment medical.
A week later, Sarah got an email advising her that she didn’t get the job. When she rang the employer for an explanation, she says she was advised that her level of anxiety and depression made her unsuitable for the position.
Sarah lodged a complaint of disability discrimination with ADNSW.
When ADNSW investigated the complaint, the employer denied that Sarah’s disability was the reason she didn’t get the job. The employer said that Sarah’s responses to some questions raised concerns about her ability to maintain appropriate boundaries with clients. They apologised for any miscommunication of its reasons for not employing Sarah.
The complaint was resolved at a conciliation conference, with the employer agreeing to pay Sarah financial compensation of $5,000, provide anti-discrimination training to its recruitment team, and review its recruitment process and policies on anti-discrimination.
24 May 2023
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