Query re Discrimination Based on Name

Sean Marshall made this Official Information request to Human Rights Commission

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From: Sean Marshall

Dear Human Rights Commission,

I would like to know whether the HRC has made any inquiry into or otherwise reported on discrimination by public and private sector organisations refusing to include diacritics in the names of customers/clients.

I am refering, for example, to a situation where a person legally has a macron in their name but a bank refuses to record the macron as part of the person's name in their customer account information or statements.

If the HRC has looked into this, has it prepares any advice or reports in relation to this practice?

Yours faithfully,

Sean Marshall

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Official Information Act Request: Diacritics


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