Women’s sportswear company Lorna Jane had a very specific list of requirements in a job advertisement looking for a receptionist/fitness model.
According to Crikey, the company was searching for a candidate to fill the role in its Brisbane-based office. The advert has been taken down off job board site Seek but stated the candidate must fit a size “small”.
“In order to accurately provide feedback on Lorna Jane products in a size small, you must have the following measurements,” the advertisement stated.
– BUST: 87-90cm
– WAIST: 70-73cm
– HIP (at widest point): 97-100cm
– HEIGHT: 165cm or taller
A spokesperson for the company told Crikey the ad was removed on Monday morning because it had received a “large number of applicants”.
The role of model and receptionist were reportedly combined because both were part-time positions.
Australian labour laws stipulate you cannot discriminate against a person’s sex, age, religion or race. Exemptions can be applied for in certain circumstances. But the advertisement reportedly didn’t mention a Fair Work Australia exemption, where it would be allowed to advertise an administration role to females of a specific size.
A spokesperson for the Fair Work Ombudsman told Business Insider while it wasn’t able to comment on the specific situation, he did point us to this website which outlines the laws around discrimination.
There’s more here.
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