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After a BBC radio presenter claimed he was sacked for being a white man, is positive discrimination a fair solution to employers’ diversity issues? Dr Achim Preuss looks at eight ways organisations can ensure their selection processes are fair to everyone.
Diversity and the issue of positive discrimination at the BBC were thrown into the spotlight again this month when the presenter and award-winning comedian Jon Holmes claimed he was sacked for being a white man.
Holmes, who had appeared on Radio 4’s The Now Show for 18 years, says he was fired because the programme was being recast with “more women and diversity”.
It follows a leaked memo earlier this year which appeared to show a desire to recruit new presenters for The One Show from a particular age group and ethnic minorities.
Diversity is desirable because it can help you to better understand and meet the needs of diverse customers.
But positively discriminating to recruit a diverse workforce isn’t the answer. Instead, recruiters should implement measures that are fair and which focus on someone’s ability to do the job.
In recruitment, two things to avoid are "adverse impact" and bias. Employers are not allowed to apply any requirement or condition that disadvantages people or makes them in