Discriminating Job Ad Rejected - For Seeking "Reliable Workers"

discriminationApparently asking for "reliable workers" might be just a bit too discriminating in today's uber-sensitive society. At least that's one recruiter's experience after a government-run employment office refused to run her ad seeking a housekeeper because it might be found offensive by some.

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So what did the ad say to inspire such ire? Something companies have long sought: applicants that "must be very reliable and hard-working."

"Ridiculous." That's how 48 year-old Nicole Mamo, who placed the ad, described the situation to the Telegraph, a U.K. paper. The British woman runs a staffing agency, and was simply looking for a housekeeper willing to work for about $9 dollars an hour.

When Mamo called the job center to find out why her ad wasn't posted, an employee told her they could be sued for discriminating against unreliable workers.

While the situation might seem silly, it could be a case of a government agency being extra cautious not to ruffle any feathers, or just a lack of common sense. I'd love to see the judge that allows a case in his courtroom where a job seeker is suing a job poster because they were seeking hard workers.

Then again, it could be something getting lost in translation. Seems U.S. businesses have no problem seeking "reliable and hard-working" job candidates. A quick search on Careerbuilder turns up 736 opportunities for folks willing to show up on time and do a good job.

A government spokesperson won't say why Mamo's ad was rejected, but did acknowledge that "reliability is important to employers." At least we're all clear on that.


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Hey You

OMG...when will the insanity end!!! The notion that someone 'might' be offended by the ad is a joke. Besides, anyone WITH the audacity to claim discrimination on this SHOULD be offended....not by the ad however, they should be offended at their SELF (for their poor work ethic and whiny 'thin-skinned, ultra-sensitive' 'it's all about me' attitudes).

January 30 2010 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jerrycrossman54

get a life duncan she wanted good workers not slackers.grow up

January 30 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Fred

Stick the political correctness where the sun don't shine.

January 30 2010 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steve

People have turned the word "discrimination" into a pejorative. It is not. There is legal discrimination as well as illegal. In the first case, the employer selects a person for qualities and this is legal discrimination. In the latter, the employer violates the law based on a protected class. Unreliable workers are not a protected class, unless you are a relative or girlfriend of the boss. hehe

January 30 2010 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

Political Correctness: The Ultimate Hate Crime.

January 30 2010 at 11:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pd39

Wonder if I could get that job! Sit around all day watching TV and playing video games for "about $9 an hour."

And I couldn't be fired for not doing the job well, as I filled their requriements of unreliable lazy azz worker who just wants a pay check, not a job.

January 30 2010 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce Buckley

The ad was asking for applicants with a job history of showing up...duh! Next on the Leftist agenda...no checking of job histories. Employers already know that once hired you cannot fire. Especially if the employee is a member of the so called minority. The insanity marches on.

January 30 2010 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
T

Likely, no reliable workers in the UK

January 30 2010 at 10:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dale

That article was too funny. Next time you see someone holding a sign that says "will work for food", offer them a job a see if they take you up on it. They are hoping for a handout and not a hand up. Every employer already "discriminates" against "unreliable workers" as they should! Their are too many layabout douche bags in every company I have ever worked for already.

January 30 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ken

This is so stupid. Plus, who are the 30 idiots who think this is discriminatory?

January 30 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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