Italian firm slammed for front desk job advert saying applicants must be young and attractive
Italian security firm comes under fire for ‘unethical and outrageous’ receptionist job posting asking ‘attractive’ applicants under 30 to submit swimsuit photo with their application
- A Naples security firm has asked applicants for a receptionist job to be under 30
- And he also asked all contestants to send in a photo of themselves in a bathing suit.
- The company said the announcement was a “mistake made by an inexperienced employee”
- Now the Italian labor ministry has opened an investigation into the case
An Italian security firm has come under fire on social media after posting a job advert for a receptionist, saying applicants must be women aged 30 or under, beautiful and must send a photo of themselves wearing a bathing suit “or similar”.
Medial Service Srl, based in the Naples business district, also said applicants for part-time, 24-hour, €500 a month jobs should speak English, own a car and have a “sunny character “.
Reports say Labor Minister Andrea Orlando has now asked inspectors to investigate the company following the announcement, which was described as ‘outrageous’ by Naples labor councilor Chiara Marciani .
‘They want a picture in a bathing suit? What nonsense advertising,” the Guardian reported.
Naples-based security company Medial Services Srl has caused a backlash after posting a job advertisement looking for an attractive receptionist under 30
Twitter users were unimpressed with the post, calling it ‘unethical’ for asking women to send pictures of themselves in swimsuits
“It’s outrageous, and for a number of reasons – starting with the search for a woman under 30 and pay that’s absurdly insufficient for the commitment and duties the position requires.
“The problem of sexism persists…much more work needs to be done on gender equality.
“There are so many problems that need to be solved, especially in a city like Naples, which has a very low rate of working women.”
The job posting, which was shared on social media before the company took it down, was also criticized by Twitter users.
One said: ‘The photo request is unethical but alas not illegal yet. I hope no one applies in light of the request.
Another worried what the request for a swimsuit photo might indicate about the company’s intentions, writing: ‘The request for costume photos is not small.
‘Which will be followed during the interview: do you have children? Do you plan to have children?
The original ad (which has now been removed) states that contestants must be 30 or under, have a car, a sunny figure, and submit a photo in a bathing suit “or similar”.
Some posters appeared shocked by ad requests – with one reasonably asking what the company meant when it said contestants should send in photos of ‘or similar’ swimwear
And another pointed out: “It’s also not legal to advertise just for women.”
One suggested that despite the unreasonable demands the company could find staff, writing: ‘The problem is they will find someone so desperate to accept or at least evaluate an offer like this -the. We have come to have to sell our dignity (not just as workers) and say thank you too.
Another poster revealed that they too had faced similar requests when applying for a job, writing: ‘Once they asked me for photos in swimsuits to work in a furniture store , more if I was free from family commitments and willing to go on a long trip alone with my boss.
In response to the furor, Medial Service Srl told Italian media that the post was “a mistake made by an inexperienced employee who was unaware of the company’s gender equality policies”.
He has now released a new announcement in which all references to appearance, age and disposition have been removed.