The Horizon Family Restaurant in Fergus has been the recipient of social media scorn after their ad for a serve was discovered in a local newspaper.
The ad seeks “reliable waitress help” for a full-time and part-time position.
It goes on to state, “do not apply with visible tattoos and face piercings”.
A photo of the ad found its way online, and was quickly set upon by the digital community. Allegations of discrimination have been leveled at the restaurant said to be popular with the town’s older residents.
On Trip Advisor, the battle raged back and forth.
“People complaining about tattoo and piercing policy? Tim Horton’s, or at least many of the franchises have had this policy for years. My daughter had to remove her very tiny eyebrow piercing at Tim’s. Hope you all direct your anger at them instead of a small business.”
“Honestly… you deserve every bit of the publicity you’re getting. Karma is hitting you hard. Go ___ yourself. ”
“Love the food and service and it’s great to be waited on by people who are neat and tidy rather than covered in tattoos and piercings. I’ll be back often. Refreshing in this PC crazy world.”
“If you have tattoos or piercings do NOT eat here! The person that does the hiring posted an ad for positions and specifically said not to bother applying if you have tattoos or piercings.”
A Kitchener-based employment lawyer, Holly Gomes, said that favouritism based on something like tattoos and body piercings is not legally considered discrimination, despite what social media says.
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