Dodgy job advert requires women to be "attractive"
A TRENDY East London bar has been ridiculed online after placing a job advertisement advising only beautiful people need apply for a waitressing job that paid $16 per hour.
Shoreditch's House of Wax advertised on recruitment company Reed for someone with a "fun lively and positive attitude" who was fluent in English and had "impeccable customer service".
They also said "Physical attractiveness is unfortunately necessary" for the role that includes serving a range of drinks, cleaning, taking payments and upselling.
Aspiring waitresses "must be comfortable wearing black heels" and waiters must wear dress shoes, they said.
The advertisement caught the eye of campaigner Nicola Thorp - who once started a petition calling for it to be made illegal to enforce high heel shoes in the workplace.
"Hey @reedcouk, just checking you're aware that this job ad is in breach of an Equality Act or two ..." she tweeted at the recruitment company. They removed the advertisement and contacted the recruiter, but not before the damage was done.
How does one measure physical attractiveness? 🤔— Chloe Mooney (@CSM_x) July 24, 2017
This is ridiculous. How demeaning.— Andy Gibson (@AndyGibsonTV) July 25, 2017
This is part of a wider picture in which looks are brought into jobs where they ought to be irrelevant. See also: Hollister "models" 😐— The Academichic (@TheAcademichic) July 25, 2017
Ms Thorp made headlines after she was sent home form work for refusing to wear high heel from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCooper's
"I was expected to do a nine-hour shift on my feet escorting clients to meeting rooms. I said 'I just won't be able to do that in heels'" the 27-year-old said at the time.
PwC said the policy belonged to an outsourcing firm. However Ms Thorp launched a petition to make it illegal for companies to require heels that gained 152,000 signatures and was debated in the UK parliament.
The bar did not comment on the issue.