An article from Business Insider on how companies are using child’s gender and sexual identity to recruit and fire staff.
Employers are using gender and sex information in recruitment, hiring and firing, according to a study published on Thursday.
The report from the Child Equality Trust (CEFT) found that 41% of UK employers said they had used gender and/or sexual identity information in recruiting and hiring, and 13% had used sexual orientation information in hiring and fire.
It also found that 16% of employers used a person’s gender or sexual identity as the basis for a candidate’s qualifications, and only 7% of companies had policies in place to protect against discrimination on the basis of gender or sexuality.
The research found that gender and sexuality were not always linked to employment outcomes, with gender discrimination affecting nearly half of all companies.
However, the CEFT noted that companies are starting to address the issue, with more companies now requiring applicants to provide evidence of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
The report said:The study also found:The UK has a relatively high rate of child abuse, with up to 1 in 10 children experiencing physical or sexual abuse at some point in their lives.
Companies are also more likely to fire staff who engage in gender and gender identity discrimination.
A survey of 1,000 UK employers revealed that nearly half said they employed a person who was a man, while the remainder were unsure of the person’s sex.
While it is not uncommon for a person to use gender or gender identity to discriminate against others, the report suggests that some companies are moving away from the “gender-based discrimination” that led to so many child abuse cases in the first place.
The study said:”Although we believe that gender-based workplace discrimination does occur, it is generally limited to the workplace, with most cases arising at home and from individuals within the workplace.”
Read more: UK to tackle gender discrimination, but still has a long way to go