Optus advertises for an 'Anglo Saxon' retail consultant

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Optus, Australia’s second largest Telecommunications company, has advertised for an “Anglo Saxon” sales consultant living in Sydney’s lower north shore.

The Seek job advertisement says the company preferred: “Candidates who are Anglo Saxon and live near Neutral Bay.”

It is a breach of the Fair Work Act 2009 to discriminate on race. The term Anglo Saxon generally refers to white-skinned people originally from Britain.

“Exceptional opportunity for an ambitious and results driven superstar,” the advert says.

The advert started circulating on social media platform Twitter:

The advertisement was published on Thursday but has since been brought down.

Vaughan Paul, Optus Vice President Human Resources, says Optus supports diversity and employs staff representing more than 70 nationalities.

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

“We have removed the advert, and will be investigating how this occurred with a view to taking disciplinary action against those involved.

“This incident is unacceptable and does not reflect Optus’ values of diversity and inclusion.”

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