Job Posting Stirs Backlash for Stating Parents of Young Kids ‘Need Not Apply’

Needless to say, the listing has since been taken down.
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September 14, 2018
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Even though there are a ton of rules in place for parental discrimination in the workplace, it’s still a problem many parents face.

One Irish company had no shame when it came to a recent job posting, where it was blatantly clear it wasn’t looking for parents to join the team. Under the job requirements, it clearly states, “persons with young children need not apply.”

The job announcement was made on Indeed, a worldwide search engine for job listings. After the post was brought to one Twitter user’s attention, she quickly shared a picture of it to call out the company for its bias.

“This just shared with us. Can you believe someone wrote this? And that ⁦@indeed⁩ posted it,” the user says.

Many were quick to respond with their outrage.

After users tagged and commented the Indeed Twitter account, the company informed them it was handling the situation.

Not only was the Irish company completely in the wrong, but it also broke the law. The UK government website states employers “must not state or imply in a job advert that you’ll discriminate against anyone.” It’s also illegal for employers to discriminate against an individual because of their family status.

Thankfully the power of social media brought some justice to the situation, which was also a similar case for a women who was fired because of her upcoming maternity leave.

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