The Australian Human Rights Commission ordered Suncorp to compensate a registered sex offender but the bank refused to pay.
Despite the AHRC ruling a man was 'discriminated against due to his criminal record' the bank insisted the man's convictions for possessing child pornography justified the decision not to hire him.
The man, known as BE, had applied to be an insurance claims consultant at Suncorp in 2015.
AHRC president Rosalind Croucher (pictured) ordered Suncorp to pay BE a total of $2,500
While AHRC president Rosalind Croucher conceded BE did not fully disclose his criminal record, she still ordered the company to pay him a total of $2,500.
Prof Croucher said in a statement: 'Notwithstanding the very serious nature of Mr BE's convictions, I find that Suncorp's decision to deny Mr BE the opportunity to access employment with Suncorp constituted an exclusion which impaired Mr BE's equality of opportunity'.
'I accept that having a conditional offer of employment extended to him, and then rescinded on the basis of a criminal record that does not adequately relate to the inherent requirements of the role has caused ...