The A-Z Pre-Employment Guide for employers & employees

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NATIONAL ORIGINS

Q. Is an employer able to interview only applicants from a particular ethnicity or national background because a majority of their customers are from that ethnicity or national background?

A. No, in most circumstances interviewing only applicants from a particular ethnicity or national background because of customers’ preferences will breach the Act.

However, an employer can consider an applicant’s ethnic or national origins if it is relevant to the job, for example if the job is that of a counsellor on highly personal matters such as sexual matters or the prevention of violence.

NEW ZEALAND EXPERIENCE

Q. Can an employer specify that I have to have “New Zealand” experience?

A. No, unless they can objectively justify that it's essential for the job.Otherwise, the requirement for New Zealand experience may well amount to indirect discrimination.

See also: Migrants