Kathmandu drops question asking job applicants if they are on medication

Kathmandu has dumped questions asking prospective employees if they're on any medication for mental health after a public outcry over the issue.

The Kiwi outdoor equipment and clothing retail giant announced the move on its Twitter page today, replying to people criticising their job application form.

According to the NZ Herald, the application form had included the question: "Are you currently taking any prescribed drugs or medications?"

If job seekers replied "yes" to the mandatory question they then had to list which medications they were on.

A tweet from the company's official account today read: "As we've recognised how some questions may have been perceived as discriminatory against potential employees, we have amended this process & removed the health questions previously asked.

"Balancing the right to privacy & duty of care as an employer is a commitment of ours as well as providing a safe working environment for our team members.

"We strive to improve our processes and thank those who have provided valuable feedback."

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    Food store chain Wishbone is accused of being “invasive” with its request from job applicants. Source: 1 NEWS

    Earlier this month Auckland eatery, Wishbone, also came under fire for asking potential employees in its job application whether they are on medication, and if so, to provide details.

    The Green Party says the question is "incredibly invasive" and could hold potential legal ramifications.

    The Human Rights Commission says it’s illegal to discriminate on the basis of a disability, including mental health.

    Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick says asking for a shopping list of the medications that people are on, without any clarification on how that information is going to be used, is both invasive and potentially discriminatory.

    Wishbone has not responded to 1 NEWS’ request for comment.

    Kathmandu store in central Auckland (file picture).
    Kathmandu store in central Auckland (file picture). Source: 1 NEWS