Op­tus vow ac­tion over ’racist’ ad

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

TELECOMMUNICATIONS­giant Op­tus has be­come em­broiled in a racism row af­ter a store on Syd­ney’s af­flu­ent lower north shore ad­ver­tised for “An­glo Saxon” re­tail as­sis­tants.

An ad posted on Seek on Thurs­day stated the Neu­tral Bay out­let was look­ing for a ca­sual re­tail con­sul­tant and noted it would pre­fer “can­di­dates who are An­glo Saxon”.

The ad, taken down oyes­ter­day, has been widely con­demned by unions, politi­cians and so­cial me­dia users.

“Op­tus proudly sup­ports diver­sity and em­ploys staff rep­re­sent­ing more than 70 na­tion­al­i­ties,” hu­man re­sources vice pres­i­dent Vaughan Paul said.

“This er­ror is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able and a clear breach of our ad­ver­tis­ing stan­dards and com­mit­ment to equal op­por­tu­nity em­ploy­ment.”

Mr Paul said Op­tus would be look­ing to take “dis­ci­plinary ac­tion” against those in­volved.

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