Police recruit rejected because he was a white heterosexual male joins force which discriminated against him

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A university graduate will finally get to “follow in his father’s footsteps” as he joins the same police force which rejected him for being a white heterosexual man

Matthew Furlong, 25, is expected to take up his position with Cheshire Police almost two years after he first applied to join but was rejected as the force was running a diversity drive.

Cheshire Constabulary, in which Mr Furlong’s father is a serving detective inspector, was found guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and sex following an employment tribunal earlier this year.  

A settlement has now been reached and Mr Furlong will be joining as a student officer in September, his lawyers said. 

At the time of his tribunal victory, Mr Furlong had said: “My dad has served more than 20 years with Cheshire Police and I had always wanted to follow in his footsteps, ever since school. Not just anywhere but in the place I grew up.”

He said that his experience had “completely shattered my confidence in the police force recruitment system” and noted that if he had “lied on my interview form and said I was bisexual” then he would have got the job.



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