Top judge supports ‘positive action’ to increase the number of women in top legal jobs

14 Nov

A senior judge has come out in support of positive action to help more women and ethnic minorities secure top legal jobs.

Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, in an interview with the Times that is summarised via the Press Association, said: “If you’ve got two equal candidates, you go for women and ethnic minorities – I have no difficulty with (that). The proportion of women and ethnic minorities among the senior judiciary is worryingly small. It is clear that we are moving in the right direction, but very slowly.”

The issue of positive action in recruitment and promotion – allowed by section 159 of the Equality Act – often sparks debate, because there is a firm line that cannot be crossed into the area of positive discrimination.

Lord Neuberger said that judges were split over the issue, as women don’t want to feel they’ve got the job just  because they’re  a woman. Appointments need to be made on merit, otherwise it can be “patronising” for the candidate, he added.

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One Response to “Top judge supports ‘positive action’ to increase the number of women in top legal jobs”

  1. Mark Jones 01/03/2012 at 4:49 pm #

    A senior judge has come out in support of positive action to help more women and ethnic minorities secure top legal jobs.
    I don’t see why they shouldn’t be able to get a legal job, if they have the right requirements, i.e. a qualification, then women from ethnic minorities should be able to land themselves a job just like anybody else.

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