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Man ruled to have been discriminated against by Cheshire Police has joined force

A man who challenged Cheshire Police's decision to reject his application to become an officer, has now accepted a job with the force.

An employment tribunal heard that 25-year-old Matthew Furlong was told following his interview with the force that he was 'well prepared' and 'could not have done any more'.

But he brought a case against the force after other candidates were selected instead of him.

The tribunal ruled that he was discriminated against as he is white, heterosexual and male.

It determined that the force unlawfully treated candidates with 'protected characteristics' more favourably.

Cheshire Police says it has now reviewed its recruitment process.

Deputy Chief Constable, Julie Cooke said: “We have reflected on our interpretation of the Act and thoroughly reviewed our practices to ensure that we comply with it.

"We accept the findings of the tribunal and have looked very carefully at our entire recruitment practice. Action has been taken to change some of our processes and take account of the hearing’s result. It is important for us, and for candidates, that the recruitment process is fair and transparent and that all candidates are treated in a fair and consistent manner.

“However, I would like to stress that these processes were put in place with the best of intentions to attract candidates from diverse communities, and at no time were the standards of our recruits reduced.”

The force says that Mr Furlong has since accepted an offer of a job with them, and will be joining the organisation as a student officer in September.

DCC Cooke added: “We have a public-sector equality duty to take action to address underrepresentation, which continues to be a challenge in Cheshire. We will take positive action to achieve a workforce that truly represents our communities in accordance with the Equality Act.”

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