Wishbone café in Auckland has come under fire for asking potential employees whether they are on medication, a question which is potentially illegal.
The issue was raised after a university student applied to work part-time at the chain and noticed that there was a question about medication on the application form. The student, who did not want to be named, said she takes Ritalin for ADHD and Escitalopram for anxiety. She did not disclose this on her application form.
“You don't know what they're going to do with that information,” she said. “I mean, have they turned down people because they've been on certain medications?”
She said she felt uneasy that she lie but felt that she had to, at risk of not getting the job.
According to the Human Rights Commission, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of a disability, including metal health.
Wishbone is yet to respond to requests for comment.