Should job adverts EVER specify gender?

    Should job adverts EVER specify gender?

    A female business owner has hit back over allegations of sexism, after she advertised for a female only role – Lincolnshire Live reports.

    Quecia Riani, Owner of café Delicias Do Rei in Spalding, faced online criticism after posting a job advert which some candidates claim was discriminatory.

    The ad read: "We need woman to work in restaurant part-time. Contact here."

    Users of the Facebook page ‘Spotted Spalding’ argued that the advert was biased against male applicants, with one user writing: “Quecia Riani you don't ‘need’ a woman. A man can carry out the same tasks, you mean you want some eye candy to attract more custom?"

    However, Riani has since hit back against the claims, and argued that she was actually trying to be diverse in her hiring.

    She commented: “I have two boys here at the moment, as well as my husband who is the chef. I just want to make that equal. If a man came in with the right skills I would employ him - I want someone good.”

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    The advert raises questions around what is, and what is not, discriminatory in recruitment. Whilst the hirer thought she was acting in a fair way, candidates did not see it the same light. Speaking to the publication, Oliver Tasker, Senior Solicitor specialising in employment law at Wilkin Chapman Solicitors, commented: "Caution needs to be taken in relation to any job advert as a business is at risk if the advert includes a requirement for a particular characteristic, for example: sex, age or race, as this will discourage certain people from applying.”

    Speaking to Recruitment Grapevine, Jennie Child, International Director of Talent at AKQA, explained how to avoid gender bias during the interview process.

    “I think what is important is to not interview males and females differently in any way,” she said. “It’s my belief that you should provide a consistent and enjoyable experience for whoever you interview, regardless of gender.

    “To ensure that you avoid unconscious bias to any candidate, you need to stick to the same format for whoever you’re interviewing to ensure your decision is based on who performs the best.”

    Do you think she was being biased in her job advert? Tell us in the comments…


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    Comments (2)

    • Richard
      Mon, 1 May 2017 6:58pm BST
      Political Correctness has reared its ugly head again to encourage people to leap before they look.
      If you are offended by the ad without visiting the restaurant, shame on you. What right do you have to assert your "Truth" without facts? If you think the restaurant engages in discriminatory hiring, call the EEOC. That is the group that is authorized to assert discrimination.
    • Ella
      Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:30am BST
      She was well-meaning considering her existing team but ill-advised regarding the wording in the advert. The job should be open to all and may the best woman or man win! My bug bear is age discrimination against a generation who chose work over university - who are now excluded from some roles (eg admin) for not holding a degree!

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