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Discrimination against beneficiaries, Wellington, 1995 (3rd of 3)

Discrimination against beneficiaries, Wellington, 1995

A group protests outside Jean Jones, a women's fashion store in Wellington, in September 1995, after the shop refused service to a beneficiary. The store had a policy of not selling goods to beneficiaries using Income Support clothing allowances. The woman in question needed appropriate clothes for a job interview. In response to the store's action, the Wellington People's Resource Centre organised a protest and called for the shop to be boycotted. The Human Rights Act 1993 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of employment status.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1995/3940
Photograph by Ray Pigney

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Paul Rishworth, 'Human rights - Freedom from discrimination', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 July 2022)

Story by Paul Rishworth, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 28 Jun 2016