A graduate who was given an unpaid placement at Poundland with the threat of otherwise loosing her unemployment benefit has lost her claim that the placement violated her human rights.

Archaeology graduate Cait Reilly was given the placement under the Work Academy Scheme and was told it was compulsory if she wished to keep her benefit. She claimed the placement was contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights which bans forced labour and slavery.

The claim was rejected by the High Court who observed that, while Reilly was mislead about the placement being compulsory when it was not and the 2011 jobseeker’s allowance regulations had been breached, there had not been a violation of human rights.

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