Racist job advert removed after gripe
ONLINE jobs portal Careers24 was forced to remove what could be construed as a discriminating advert from its website after The Star made enquiries about it.
The advert, posted on March 6, was for a store manager in Kempton Park and was specific on the kind of person they wanted: a white male, older than 40 and very trustworthy.
Advertising Standards Authority chief executive Gail Schimmel said there was an issue of discrimination and that it was something “we would be able to consider in terms of our code, because we have a clause on discrimination in our code”.
The advert was placed by Pioneer recruitment freelancer Joanne Theron, who is the director of Star Staffing Solutions, who said they were made aware of the advert by Careers24.
Theron said clients go to them with specifics of the type of people they want, and consultants would then place the adverts.
“Going forward we will bring our staff together and advise our clients on the right way of doing things. Furthermore, the consultant who posted this advert will be reprimanded.”
Careers24 head of sales Henneri Crous said what normally happens is that customers buy space online. They would then submit the advert, which would go through their content staff to ensure it complied with their procedures and policies.
He said their subscription customers were bound by a subscription agreement that had a list of terms and conditions attached to it which forced them to comply with the terms and conditions.
He pointed out that the customer who posted the advert in question was a subscription client.
“They have to abide by the terms and conditions, and their adverts do not have to go through the screening process because we have recourse on cases like this. We contacted the client immediately after your enquiry and have suspended the two adverts posted by this client.”
Crous also said they had informed the client that they had breached the agreement with them regarding the content of the advert and would take further steps with them.
“From our website and platform point of view, we do everything possible to make sure the content we publish on the website adheres to strict ethics and quality controls, but sometimes things slip through. We treat this very seriously.”