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Dark-skinned People Need Not Apply – Employer Posts Offensive Job Ad

Dark-skinned people need not apply – Employer posts offensive job ad

An employer has posted a job ad telling dark-skinned people they need not apply.

The post sparked outrage in the African and Indian communities, and, as a result, the company has now removed it.

Employer tells dark-skinned people they need not apply

Melbourne-based Absolute Care and Health posted the advertisement on the Indeed.com job website.

The ad read:

“We request no dark-skinned (Indian or African) applicant apply for this role.”

Additionally, it went on to say this is the result of a “client request”.

The unlawful job advertisement.

Social media backlash

The job post caused outrage on social media.

Meenu Chandran, a social worker who has worked in the disability care sector, reported the ad to the Australian Human Rights Commission.

She told SBS Malayalam:

“I felt really, really angry when I saw the ad. It is outright discriminatory.

“I was thinking that people would learn from what is happening in the US with (George) Floyd case, but they didn’t.”


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Company apologises

Barbara Ould, the chief executive of Absolute Care and Health, has subsequently apologised for the ad, which she admits is discriminatory and offensive.

“On 22nd June, we published a job advertisement which regrettably contained information that was discriminatory and has caused offence.

“We are deeply saddened and sorry for this unintentional, serious error and for the offence and distress it has caused.

“It happened as a result of an extreme failure in our internal processes and we are so very deeply sorry for the offence and distress that our error has caused.

“As soon as we discovered that the advertisement had been posted, we:

quickly removed it; published an apology on our website; apologised personally to those who had viewed the advert and those who contacted us with their concerns; and, started an investigation as to how it happened.”

Unlawful discrimination

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan says the job ad breaches discrimination laws.

“It is unlawful to discriminate against someone based on their race or ethnic origin in employment, which includes recruitment,” he said.

“This ad is illegal, and I’m not surprised the company quickly took it down.”


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