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Psychometric test ruled discriminatory to autistic candidate

An autistic job applicant's claim of discrimination was upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal because she was refused an alternative when required to sit a psychometric test, report Wrigleys Solicitors. The Government Legal Service asked applicants to take a multiple choice Situational Judgement Test (SJT) as part of the selection process when recruiting lawyers. When the autistic candidate asked for adjustments to be made in the form of an alternative test she was refused. She sat and failed the test.

The candidate's claims of indirect discrimination and of failure to make reasonable adjustments succeeded as the Tribunal concluded that the psychometric test was not the only way to evaluate the candidate's competency in making effective decisions. 

Date added: 4 April 2018