An employer has come under fire from the Equal Opportunities Commissionafter specifying in a job advert that a role was suitable for someone with‘minimal domestic commitments’. The advert, published in Press Gazette, was for a job as a part-time writer atFlavour, a trade magazine for the bar and cocktail industry. Caroline Slocock, chief executive of the EOC, said the advert’s wordingcould lay Flavour publisher, Quantum Business Media, open to a claim ofindirect sex discrimination, as well as reducing the available pool ofpotential candidates. “Women still take on the lion’s share of work around the home whichmeans that they will be less likely to be considered for the job. An employerwhich makes assumptions about the impact of domestic commitments on someone’sability to do a job is shooting itself in the foot,” she said. David Gibson, partner at law firm Dickinson Dees, said employers should beaware that the provisions of sex discrimination legislation apply from the veryfirst point of contact. But Flavour publisher Paul McFadyen defended the advert: “The role isfor a writer-at-large, which requires someone prepared to work extremelyflexible hours. We just wanted to make it clear that the role would suitsomeone who was prepared to commit a fair amount of free time and to workunconventional hours.” Comments are closed. Publisher is not flavour of the month with EOCOn 2 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.