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Wanting to 'hire fewer white men' not discrimation, tribunal finds

• HR Magazine

Chris Palmer brought a claim against financial services company AIMS Markets after the company turned down his job application, saying that AIMS discriminated against him on both gender and race grounds.

Michael Jones, managing director at the firm, had talked at a preliminary interview about the need for the company – a startup set for rapid expansion – to hire diversely, phrasing it as a desire to hire "fewer white men."

The tribunal panel, however, said it is expected for employers to discuss diverse recruitment with its potential head of HR.

It said: "An aim to have an organisation less dominated by white men, in areas where traditionally that is the dominant profile, does not mean that there is an intention to achieve that objective by discriminating in recruitment against white men."