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Imperial Hotel job application requires more than a selfie

Discrimination, RecruitmentJanuary 23, 2015

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The Imperial Hotel in Northern Queensland is being scrutinised after posting an online job application requesting that possible interviewees send a full body photograph as part of the interview process.

The advertisement, which was posted on the popular website Gumtree, has since been removed.

The pub owner John Schluter stands by his employment process and said that the pub required well-presented employees, which he said “is the same in every industry”. In his defence he said he requires the full body shots because ‘we need to know they’re compatible for the pub. If the girls are 4’2 and they can’t see over the bar that obviously isn’t going to work’.

The job advert gathered lots of social media attention and was claimed to have encouraged discrimination.
Here are a few of the responses:

  • “I think it’s rude to ask for a photo. It just gives the employer the opportunity to make judgement without meeting you.”
  • “It’s not about discrimination; we have had plenty of ethnic employees, some of which speak limited English.”
  • “A photo before an interview provides an opportunity for discrimination on appearance not presentation.”
  • “It just comes down to staying well-groomed.’
  • “It’s his business, who wants an unpresentable and ugly person serving customers? They should be in call centres where no one can see them. Appearance says a lot about a person.”
  • “When your clientele is 99% brought in my miners, you do whatever needs to be done to keep them happy and coming back.”

The Fair Work Act states that it is unlawful to discriminate against employees over their race, colour, sex, age, physical or mental disability or marital status.

Anti-discrimination and harassment policies should be implemented into every business. These policies need to be clearly outlined in every employee handbook and employment contract. Employers need to abide by the Fair Work Act and not discriminate against any person/s within their workplace.

Employers who expect a certain level of professionalism or a particular company brand or image which can be expressed through dress and appearance a uniform or dress and appearance policy can be put in place.

If you are an employer and wish to implement such policies call Employsure today on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below.

*Information sourced via the Daily Mail Australia website.

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