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Thank you. the issue here is that with VR, the clue is all in the name – it is voluntary, both on the employee’s side and the employer’s alike. So the employee is left with the choice of whether to apply for the opportunity to go down VR, but at the same time the employer is left with the choice on whether to accept such an application and on what grounds.
They may have indeed applied the selection policy incorrectly but that is their prerogative - there is no guarantee that your application would be accepted in the first place. The main rights are that you are not treated unfavourably due to factors like gender, age, race, religion, etc. That is when you can legally challenge it, however any other reasons would only allow you to make an internal grievance and leave the decision with the employer.
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As you can appreciate it can be just a coincidence and nothing to do with gender. However, if there is any evidence that gender was a factor behind their decision then that is when it can be potential discrimination. Hope this clarifies?
It is your right to appeal if you are not satisfied with the way this was dealt with and think it was not done fairly. If the appeal is rejected though, your only options are to either accept the decision and move on, or resign and try a claim for constructive dismissal, although that would be somewhat risky in the circumstances
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