Rue Brittania

| March 6, 2010

From the Telegraph:

Advert for ‘reliable workers’ banned as discrimination by Jobcentre Plus

The boss of a recruitment firm said she was told she could not place an advert for ”reliable workers” because it discriminated against unreliable people.

Nicole Mamo, 48, wanted to post an advert for a £5.80-an-hour domestic cleaner on her local Jobcentre Plus website.

The text of the advert ended by stating that any applicants for the post ”must be very reliable and hard-working”.

But when Ms Mamo called the Jobcentre Plus in Thetford, Norfolk, the following day she was told that her advert would not be displayed instore.

A Jobcentre Plus worker claimed that the word ”reliable” meant they could be sued for discriminating against unreliable workers.

I would say that words fail me, but this sort of thing is becoming depressingly commonplace over in England. Even though Aldous Huxley and George Orwell wrote their dystopias more than half a century ago, they clearly saw something in the roots of British culture that worried them.

Hat tip to my old friend and fellow skydiver, Matt Yuen, who posted this over at Facebook.  ..bruce w..

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Category: Business, Just plain idiots, Labor, Main

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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