The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has been accused of discrimination, after it placed an advertisement for ‘a man’ to take up a role with its Ethics Committee.
But surprisingly, the ad doesn’t contravene anti-discrimination laws – we’ll tell you why shortly.
What the ad said
The ad states:
“A vacancy exists on the Committee for a man who is able to represent general community attitudes, is not affiliated with the AIHW and is not currently involved in medical, scientific or legal work.”
Social media criticism
It didn’t take long for people to take to social media to criticise the advertisement.
A simple explanation
The AIHW was quick to respond and offer an explanation for the man-only job vacancy.
As it turns out, the legislation that governs the Ethics Committee requires at least one male and one female member from the general community.
The female position had already been filled, and the only vacancy remaining was for a male member of the community, although the ad failed to communicate this.
What the law says
Miles Heffernan, Litigation Director at Discrimination Claims said it is unlawful to discriminate against someone based on their sex or gender in the area of employment.
“Generally speaking, employers cannot treat someone less favourably because of their gender, and that means when it comes to things like promotions and pay rises, and also includes recruitment,” he said.
“It is unlawful to advertise a position exclusively for a man or a woman.
“In this case, the legislation did allow for the AIHW to advertise for a man, but they certainly should have made more of an effort to explain why they were doing it.”
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