A contractor of Australia’s supermarket chain Coles has come under fire for publishing a job advertisement, which barred Indians or Asians from applying.
“Store requires no Indians or Asians please. Must speak English (sic),” read the online ad posted on Sunday. The advertisement on the Gumtree website sought cleaners for a supermarket at Eastlands Shopping Centre in Hobart, according to local media reports.
It triggered anger on social media sites, with people calling for a boycott of the store. Local newspaper The Mercury reported that the advertisement was later removed from the site.
A Coles spokesman on Monday admitted the advertisement 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.
Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks was quoted as saying that 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. She said both the company offering the position and the publisher of the advert could be subject to legal action.