The case below is a good reminder to employers of what not to ask in an interview situation.
The interviewer persistently questioned Ms Macdonald about her childcare arrangements and reminded her that the small office environment meant that it was important that all employees turned up for work. Despite Ms Macdonald's reassurances that her husband assisted with childcare, she was marked down for her "adaptability and flexibility".
Ms Macdonald was awarded £2,000 as compensation for sex discrimination by the Scottish Employment Tribunal. This award was made even though all the other candidates were female.
Employers should remember that questions about plans to have children or childcare responsibilities are not appropriate and could lead to successful discrimination claims being made against them.
During the interview for the £20,000-a-year temporary cultural/ general information assistant, 36-year-old Macdonald was asked by Rumiko Ishigami, the Deputy Consul General, what she would do if one of her young sons was sick and she was expected to work at night. She was also probed about whether she could afford childcare and nursery costs and asked if family lived nearby to help her with the children.