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Male-only job ad taken down by cinema after outcry

GLADSTONE Cinemas has defended itself after a public outcry about gender discrimination, due to an ad for a male-only role at the business.

On Monday, Gladstone Cinemas alerted its Facebook friends to a new job opening.

The prerequisites? The ad said only men older than 25 would be considered.

"I guess I'm the wrong sex," one Facebook user said, while others questioned why gender or age came into the equation.

Gladstone Cinemas was quick to respond, claiming safety incidents in the past had prompted the decision that only male staff should close the cinema after hours.

"We have had a few issues in the past with both male and female staff," a Gladstone Cinemas representative said.

"There was no harm or discrimination intended and I have taken the post down after considering the comments of others."

The representative said the advert was not intended to be discriminatory or sexist.

Should businesses be able to specify age or gender in job ads?

This poll ended on 16 October 2013.

Yes. They know what they need. - 83%

No. It's discrimination. - 16%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Topics:  facebook, gladstone cinemas, sexism




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