An Australian contractor has been slammed for a racist job advert, banning Indian or Asian applicants.The online advert was posted on Sunday, seeking cleaners for Coles supermarket at Eastlands Shopping Centre in Tasmania.
The ad in part read: "Store requires no indians or asians please. MUST SPEAK ENGLISH (sic)". The advert, on the Gumtree website, generated outrage, with calls for people to boycott the store and lodge complaints. The job ad was later removed from the site. A Coles spokesman admitted the advert had been posted by a contract company responsible for cleaning its Rosny store.
"The ad was placed without Coles' knowledge and we were extremely concerned to learn of the ad and its contents," spokesman Jim Cooper said. "Coles is a proud, equal-opportunity employer and at no time have we ever issued the directives contained in this ad. We have made these points in no uncertain terms to the cleaning contractors in question."
Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks said she wanted to track down the cleaning contractor to pursue possible legal action. "It's unlawful to blanket preclude a person because of their race," she said. Ms Banks said she often received complaints about job adverts that discriminated against particular races. She said both the company offering the position and the publisher of the advert could be subject to legal action.