Best Recruitment Insurance

Man wins employment tribunal and states ‘White heterosexual males face discrimination everywhere’

Potential police recruit says he was rejected from the force because he is white, male and heterosexual

An employment tribunal found Cheshire Police to be guilty of discrimination against Matthew Furlong on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and gender after his application to join the force was unsuccessful.

‘Had I lied on my interview form and said I was bisexual, there’s a strong possibility I would be working for Cheshire Police now’

The 25-year-old particle physics graduate, who applied to be a constable in 2017, discovered he had been turned down because the force needed more diverse candidates.

“It has completely shattered my confidence in the police force recruitment system,” he said.

“The irony of the whole thing is that throughout the whole process I was required to demonstrate my honesty and integrity and they have completely undermined that.

“Had I lied on my interview form and said I was bisexual, for instance, there’s a strong possibility I would be working for Cheshire Police now based on a lie.”

Furlong’s father has served the same force for more than 20 years. After the interview, Matthew said he felt pleased with how it went and he could not have done more during the process.

In the interview feedback, Cheshire Police said there were ‘not enough vacancies for all 127 people who had passed the interview stage’ and Furlong said he was devastated that he had lost out to other candidates.

At last week’s tribunal in Liverpool, Judge Clare Grundy found the force had set the pass threshold “artificially low” and candidates were awarded a simple pass or fail, which meant large swathes of potential recruits were deemed equal when, in reality, some were much more suited to the role than others.

Mr Furlong said: “I am not the only person who has been affected by this. There are many other white heterosexual males who undoubtedly left the whole interview process with the impression that they weren’t good enough when in fact many were.

“In addition, I worry for the candidates who have been appointed as they may question whether they were appointed based on merit or whether they simply had a particular protected characteristic.”

He said he was no longer sure if he wanted to achieve his lifelong ambition of joining the police.

“I am delighted the tribunal found in my favour and I hope it will prevent the same thing from happening again, but I don’t know what I want to do now,” Mr Furlong said.

“If I applied again and did get in I would worry that the same issues could arise if I went for a promotion. It has certainly made it very difficult for me to continue down that path.”

His lawyers said his case was the first of its kind in the UK.

Jennifer Ainscough, an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon, said: “This is an incredibly important ruling and something all employers need to be aware of in the future when using positive action.

“They must be prepared to show that their recruitment process is lawful or risk leaving themselves open to similar claims, in which this case would almost certainly be relied upon.”

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “We have been notified of the outcome of the tribunal and will review the findings over the coming days.”


  1. Tough luck, brother! Godspeed and good luck.

  2. Just a decade ago, you would not even hear the name influencer as a real job. You had to work in a communications company or something else in the media.

  3. It is wrong with the people who really want to serve for the nation being an police officer or constable. The government of Cheshire needs to be changed that kind of diversity.

  4. Great post with informative details of Assignment Help. For effective help to complete your project related to any subject, visit greatassignmenthelp or opt for live chat option.

  5. [* Shield plugin marked this comment as “0”. Reason: Human SPAM filter found “great post” in “comment_content” *]
    great post:

  6. is the best place that offers quality assignment writing services online to the students. We have the best assignment experts that are providing the best quality assignment and writing services at a low price. We can provide free assignment instructions with no fees required. Our assignment experts are available 24/7 hours. We lead assignment help in Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, the US and global of the world.

  7. All information related to Assignment Help is mention in this post. I have gone through all the details carefully. Thanks for sharing. If any student needs help for completing his assignment, visit greatassignmenthelp once or call customer executive for more details.

  8. provides professional assignment help for all the subjects to college the students. our assignment experts suggest the best and unique topic. we can provide free assignment instructions and offer online assignment at the affordable price.

Comment on this story

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Join the BIoR to be part of creating excellence in recruiting standards & service

Send this to a friend