A man has won his legal fight against the grocery giant
A man has won his legal fight against the grocery giant

Man sues Woolies over job form and wins

A SUNSHINE Coast man has successfully sued supermarket giant Woolworths after he took offence to some questions when filling out an online job application form.

Beerwah man Steven Willmott was awarded $5000 in compensation after a tribunal found he had been discriminated against after being asked to provide his date of birth, gender and proof he was legally able to work in Australia.

The decision has forced Woolworths to change its online job application forms.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard, during a hearing in September, that Mr Willmott, who was unemployed at the time, applied for a petrol station console operator's position which was advertised on Woolworths' website.

The tribunal heard that Mr Willmott was required to provide answers to certain mandatory fields, which included his gender, date of birth and proof of his right to work in Australia.

Mr Willmott did not complete the application because he was offended with Woolworths' insistence on the provision of the information and subsequently lodged a complaint with the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission.

Woolworths conceded at the hearing the request for the private information could amount to discriminatory conduct, but said the information was reasonably required for purposes that did not involve discrimination.

The company argued that it had a legislative responsibility not to employ unlawful non-citizens, as defined in the Commonwealth Migration Act.

Tribunal member Richard Oliver, in handing down his decision, said he was satisfied that Woolworths' conduct had contravened anti-discrimination legislation.

Mr Oliver ordered Woolworths compensate Mr Willmott to the tune of $5000 which took into account embarrassment, humiliation and some notional amount for the loss of a chance.

He ordered the money be paid before December 19.


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