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Protect people from misuse of “soft evidence.”

Comment 2nd July 2010

So many jobs now require applicants to go through the "disclosure" procedure. It is one thing for someone to be rejected for a job on the basis of a solid criminal conviction, proven beyond reasonable doubt in a court of law. However, it is appalling that people are routinely refused employment on the grounds of nothing more than unproven and unsubstantiated allegations or rumours. This "soft evidence" should prompt the police to investigate further, but should not be passed on to employers so that they can callously discriminate against innocent people.

To quote from "Here is Wosdom":

"We have changed from a culture where you were considered innocent unless your guilt had been proven beyond reasonable doubt and you had been convicted in a court of law of a specific crime, to one where there are now many degrees of innocence categorised by various levels of unproven suspicion."

Why does this matter?

It is blatantly unjust that unsubstantiated allegations should stop people being able to find work or volunteer for a good cause.


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