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Around the Web – Adecco loses discrimination court case

09 August 2012

A security worker in Bristol has won a discrimination case against Adecco after the staffing firm denied him a job for not being a British national, This is Bristol writes. In the case the Dutch citizen, Axmad Muxumed, applied for a post as security guard in October 2011 but was told he was not eligible because of his nationality.

“The recruitment consultant told me only British citizens could apply and sent me away. I immediately knew this was not right – I came to the UK in 2003 and have held many jobs in the security industry,” the claimant said to the paper.

“I moved to Holland as an asylum seeker from Somalia as a 13-year-old and have never had this kind of problem before. The incident left me feeling stressed – I knew it wasn't right, so I went to Support Against Racist Incidents (Sari) in Bristol. There it was confirmed that what the recruitment consultant had said was indeed not true. The Police Authority does not restrict applications to only British Citizens.”

The employment tribunal ruled that the recruitment consultant had shown discriminatory behaviour. It expressed concerns over the staffing firm not keeping a record when rejecting jobseekers in the early stages of the hiring process.

Mr Muxumed’s lawer, Will Stone, said “No one should be prevented from applying for a job because of their nationality or race. That is race discrimination and has been illegal for nearly 40 years.”

Adecco declined to comment.

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