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Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation

Amount Approximately $8,500
Year

The complainant alleged that the respondent software business terminated his employment in a sales role three weeks after recruiting him because of his criminal record. The complainant said he had left his employment with another employer to take up the position with the business. The complainant was charged with, but not convicted of, assault and domestic violence related offences six years earlier.  

The software business said that its decision to terminate the complainant's employment was based on a legitimate contractual right to terminate employment if an employee did not return a satisfactory criminal record check. The business agreed to participate in conciliation to try to resolve the complaint.  

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the business pay the complainant approximately $8,500. 

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Apology - private
Compensation 

Amount $1,500
Year

The complainant alleged that an offer of employment as a support worker in a community organisation was revoked by senior management because of her criminal record. She said she disclosed her criminal record during the recruitment process. The complainant had been convicted of minor theft and fraud offences approximately nine years earlier. She claimed the organisation offered her no opportunity to discuss the circumstances surrounding her criminal record before making its decision. 

The organisation claimed the complainant’s criminal record was inconsistent with the inherent requirements of the support worker role, which involved working without supervision in the homes of vulnerable persons and with full access to their possessions.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the organisation pay the complainant $1,500, the equivalent to six weeks’ wages. The organisation also apologised to the complainant for the distress caused by the decision to make, and then revoke, the offer of employment.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Apology - Private 
Anti-discrimination/EEO policy reviewed/revised 

Year

The complainant alleged that his application for employment as a senior network engineer was not successful because of his criminal record. The complainant was charged with assault in company but no conviction was recorded.

The company claimed the complainant’s criminal record was inconsistent with the inherent requirements of the role, as the successful applicant would have contact with vulnerable clients.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the company review its anti-discrimination policies and write to the complainant acknowledging the distress he experienced.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Job offer

Year

The complainant applied for a position as a support worker with the respondent community organisation. She said the organisation withdrew an offer of casual employment once aware of her criminal record.The complainant had been convicted of common assault on three occasions with the most recent conviction occurring eight years earlier. 

On being advised of the complaint the community organisation indicated a willingness to try to resolve the matter by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the community organisation employ the complainant as a support worker.
 

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Apology - Private 
Anti-discrimination/EEO policy reviewed/revised 

Year

The complainant alleged that his application for employment as a senior network engineer was not successful because of his criminal record. The complainant was charged with assault in company but no conviction was recorded.

The company claimed the complainant’s criminal record was inconsistent with the inherent requirements of the role, as the successful applicant would have contact with vulnerable clients.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the company review its anti-discrimination policies and write to the complainant acknowledging the distress he experienced.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Employment 
Compensation 

Amount $2,250
Year

The complainant alleged that the respondent public transport provider withdrew an offer of employment in a managerial role because of his criminal record. The complainant had previously been convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and contravening a protection order. 

The transport provider claimed that its decision to withdraw the offer of employment was based on its legislative obligations. The transport provider claimed there were inconsistencies between police evidence and the complainant’s explanation of the circumstances surrounding his convictions.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the transport provider pay the complainant $2,250, less applicable tax. The transport provider assured the complainant that any future applications would be considered and assessed on the basis of merit and suitability for the role.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Employment - other opportunity provided 
Compensation 

Amount $5,000
Year

The complainant alleged that the respondent bank terminated his employment as a customer service officer in his second week of employment because of his criminal record. The complainant said he had not been convicted of fraud or theft offences and had been honest about his criminal record. He said he had undertaken drug dependence rehabilitation since his conviction and was fit to perform the role.

The bank said it was not fully aware of the nature of the complainant’s criminal record until after he commenced his employment. The bank noted the complainant had been convicted of a range of offences, including break and enter and contravention of an apprehended violence order, four years before he applied for the role. The bank said the complainant’s role included accessing sensitive customer information and identity details. The bank said it offered the complainant the opportunity to discuss his criminal record but, due to the serious nature of the offences, the short period of time since the offences and its obligations to protect customers, the bank concluded it did not have the trust and confidence required in him to perform the inherent requirements of the role.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the bank pay the complainant $5,000 and offer him the opportunity to participate in its outplacement program.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Apology

Compensation

Anti-discrimination/EEO training introduced

Amount Approximately $360
Year

The complainant claimed the respondent labour-hire company terminated his placement and told him it could not offer him further work because of his criminal record. The complainant had been convicted of storing ammunition and cultivating cannabis plants four to five years previously. The complainant said that the labour-hire company offered him a new placement when he advised he had lodged a complaint with the Commission.

The labour-hire company denied ending the complainant’s employment. The company said the placement ended and it then offered him an alternative placement.

The complaint was resolved. The company apologised for the lack of clarity in its correspondence with the complainant regarding his criminal record and the end of his placement. The company agreed to pay the complainant approximately $360 in compensation for the cost of clothes and equipment and undertook to maintain delivery of anti-discrimination training to its staff.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Other opportunity provided

Year

The complainant alleged the respondent recruitment agency cancelled two job interviews because one of its clients became aware of his criminal record. He claimed a staff member of the agency told him the agency would no longer represent him because of his criminal record. The complainant had been convicted of possession of tainted material.

The recruitment agency advised one of its clients indicated it no longer wished to interview the complainant for a role after becoming aware of his criminal record through an internet search. The agency advised another client cancelled an interview with the complainant because it found a suitable candidate for the role.

The complaint was resolved with an undertaking by the recruitment agency to represent the complainant for future suitable positions based on his qualifications and experience.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Apology

Compensation

Policy change/Change in practice

Amount $700
Year

The complainant alleged the respondent pharmacy terminated her employment a few days after she commenced working as a pharmacy assistant because of her criminal record. She said she disclosed her criminal record during the recruitment process and wrote to the pharmacy explaining the circumstances surrounding her criminal record once a criminal record check was completed. However, she claimed the pharmacy never met with her to discuss her criminal record. The complainant had been convicted of assault, assault occasioning bodily harm and entering a property without lawful excuse.

The pharmacy claimed the complainant’s criminal record was incompatible with the inherent requirements of her role, which included delivering customer service to vulnerable customers, working with minimal supervision and providing a safe workplace, 

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the pharmacy pay the complainant $700, review its recruitment process to include a narrower question inviting applicants to discuss any criminal record and write to her apologising for the distress she experienced as a result of the events giving rise to the complaint.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation

Statement of regret

Amount Approximately $80
Year

The complainant attended an interview with the respondent recruitment agency for a role in aged care. She claimed she was assured of ongoing paid employment and purchased a uniform on the day. The complainant alleges that, after she disclosed her criminal record, the agency stopped contacting her and ultimately told her she was unsuitable for the role. The complainant had been charged with assault with a weapon, but no conviction was recorded.

The recruitment agency claimed the complainant’s criminal record was not a factor in its decision not to offer the complainant the role and claimed other issues arose during the recruitment process which rendered the complainant unsuitable. The agency acknowledged this was not clearly communicated to the complainant. 

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the complainant return the uniform and be reimbursed approximately $80 for the cost of the uniform and other costs associated with attending the interview. The agency also wrote to the complainant expressing regret for the events giving rise to the complaint.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation

Anti-discrimination/EEO policy developed

Amount Approximately $3,650
Year

The respondent cleaning services company terminated the complainant’s casual employment as a cleaner after it became aware of his criminal record. The complainant had been convicted of possession of a prohibited substance and sentenced to imprisonment nearly 15 years earlier.

The company said it terminated the complainant’s employment because it considered his criminal history was inconsistent with the inherent requirements of the role. Notwithstanding this, the company indicated a willingness to try to resolve the complaint by conciliation.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the company pay the complainant approximately $3,650, equivalent to four weeks’ wages (including overtime loading). The company also agreed to implement a policy for the consideration of an employee’s or prospective employee’s criminal record and its relation to the inherent requirements of a role. The policy would require the company to discuss the criminal record’s relationship to the inherent requirements of the role with the employee/prospective employee.
 

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation

Amount $800
Year

The respondent retailer terminated the complainant’s employment as a sales assistant once it became aware of his criminal record. The complainant had been charged with drug possession but advised the charges were later dropped.

The retailer claimed the nature of the charges was inconsistent with the requirement that employees be honest and of good character, especially given the retailer’s predominantly teenage customer base. The retailer claimed the complainant was dishonest about the nature of his criminal record when the retailer first sought to discuss it with him.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the retailer pay the complainant $800 as general damages. This was equivalent to two weeks’ nett pay.
 

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Victimisation
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation
Anti-discrimination/EEO policy reviewed/revised
Statement of regret
Anti discrimination/EEO training introduced

Amount $10,000
Year

The complainant was employed as a shop assistant with the respondent retailer. She claimed that on her third day at work, the retailer terminated her employment by telephone  because of a criminal record. The complainant maintained she has no criminal record.

The retailer claimed the complainant’s employment was terminated when information was received to the effect that the complainant was subject to an intervention undertaking which she may be breaching by working at the particular outlet.

The complaint was resolved with an agreement that the retailer write to the complainant acknowledging that she does not have a criminal record and that the employment relationship was not ended in accordance with best-practice principles. The retailer also agreed to pay the complainant $10,000 in compensation for economic loss. The retailer undertook to deliver workplace relations training to the outlet manager and regional managers and to review its equal-opportunity and diversity recruitment policies.

Act Other discrimination in employment
Grounds Criminal record
Areas Employment
Outcome details

Compensation

Amount $12,650
Year

The complainant claimed that two months after she started work as a Bid Manager the respondent security company terminated her employment because of her criminal record. She claimed she had told a HR Manager about a six-year-old charge when she started employment.

The company said the complainant’s criminal record check indicated she had been charged, but not convicted, of obtaining advantage from a Commonwealth entity six years earlier and of theft over 30 years earlier. The company claimed the complainant’s criminal record was inconsistent with the inherent requirements of her role. The company advised that it had since commissioned an external company to conduct criminal record checks of applicants and employees to ensure relevant information is obtained as early as possible.

The complaint resolved with an agreement that the company pay the complainant approximately $12,650 less appropriate tax.

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