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"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "Ghost streets," Feb. 27, 2010

Too picky

Already employers are banned from discriminating on the basis of race, age, or sexual orientation. But what about work ethic? Jobcentre Plus, a government employment agency in the United Kingdom, rejected a job listing from Nicole Mamo when her advertisement mentioned she was looking to hire only "reliable" and "hard-working" employees. Mamo was trying to hire employees for cleaning positions, and the agency said her ad was discriminatory against people who are unreliable. "In my 15 years in recruitment," Mamo told the Daily Mail, "I haven't heard anything so ridiculous."

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