Lorna Jane ad: discrimination or fair ask?
DISCRIMINATION or fair ask to try and find the right person for the job?
Lorna Jane has been slammed for posting a job ad seeking a receptionist/fit model that requires the candidate have certain bust, waist, hip and height measurements.
"In order to accurately provide feedback on Lorna Jane products in a size small you must have the following measurements: Bust: 87-90cm, Waist: 70-73cm, Hip (at widest point): 97-100cm, Height: 165cm or taller," the ad, which has now been taken down from Seek, said.
While majority are calling the ad inappropriate and discriminatory, a few have said they don't get what the fuss is about.
"If you're wanting the person to give feedback on small size gear, then obviously you need a small size person!!! I don't get the issue...People need to harden up & stop being so ridiculous," one Facebook user wrote on the Lorna Jane Facebook page.
Where do you stand on this?
What you're saying on Facebook:
Molly Veronica Ormonde: "Mountain out of a mole hill. It's for a very specific job role. You don't go for a job unless you can do the job. Don't go for a job if you don't have the qualifications - don't go for a job as a fit model if you can't wear the clothes. It's part of the job role - and I'm a size 20 so don't bash me for not understanding how hard it is being a bigger size."
David Maison: "Great advertising campaign.......and cost nothing......very clever..!!"
Ashley Collard: "How are you meant to be able to provide accurate and honest feedback on clothing in size small if you wear a size XL?? It's what they need to successfully fill the role to better the company. Technically it is discrimination but it's not discrimination in a purposely malice or negative manner. Then again offering a job looking for only qualified people is discriminating those who aren't qualified. There's a fine line between the right and wrong kind of discrimination."
Julie-Anne Pashley: "If I had a fitness brand I would be advertising for fit, trim looking people too. It's about promoting your brand. A receptionist is the first point of call in any business and creates that first impression. I have no issue with Lorna Jane's advertisement. Why as a society have we become so "precious"? I'm sure Lorna Jane will find the right person for what seems like a dream job! Good luck to her."
Amanda Draheim: "Congrats to them for being specific and not wasting job seekers time. I am a "Plus Size" woman and have a career in retail fashion. The role of a "Fit Model" is an important part of any fashion retailers business and I appreciate the standards that are set using these models regardless of size. I hope Lorna Jane selects the right candidate."
Scott Thomson: "Would advertising fit people for the military be discrimination?"
Mathew Purser: "Dual role position. One role is a size model. Both roles have requirements. Size model requirements are obviously physical in nature. No way shape or form discrimination. Is it discrimination to insist that surgeons have a medical degree?"
Denise McMahon: "At 5ft 7inch and under 9 stone, I was told 35 years ago, over the phone and without being seen, that I was not suitable as an applicant for a receptionist job in a gym, as I was too heavy, - before we heard about discrimination! That was ridiculous, I was skin and bone. We have tall girls, short girls, all different sizes and weights - doesn't mean they can't do a job, or are over weight."
Vanessa Charlton: "Not at all...can we just stop running for the discrimination baton every time a business states what it requires."
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