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Australia's Optus on Back Foot After 'Anglo Saxon' Job Ad

Ray Le Maistre
4/13/2018
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Optus, Australia's second-largest network operator, is in firefighting mode following the circulation of a job advert from one of its retail stores that stated a preference for "Anglo Saxon" applicants.

The service provider, part of the Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) (OTC: SGTJY) empire, has begun an investigation after the advert for one of its retail stores in Neutral Bay, Sydney, appeared on an employment portal and was then circulated on Twitter. The advert, for a Retail Consultant, stated a preference for "Candidates who are Anglo Saxon and live near to Neutral Bay."

Reports from the Australian media suggest that no one seems to know, or wants to admit, who wrote and posted the job advert, though in this digital age it shouldn't take long to figure it out. Staff at the store told ABC that the store's manager was due back at work on Monday.

Optus, which promotes its inclusive culture on its website, has removed the advert, issued apologies (see tweet below), and stated that those responsible will face disciplinary action.

The issue has, of course, raised questions about the process used to publicize jobs from any part of the Optus empire, from the boardroom to the retail stores. If the advert was cleared through a recognized human resources chain of approval, then it's likely that a number of Optus staffers might find themselves seeking new employment next week.

Optus, the main rival to Australia's national operator Telstra, has about 10 million mobile and 1.2 million broadband customers.

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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newstar
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newstar,
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4/18/2018 | 2:06:33 PM
Re: Artificially intelligent
maybe
angelsong
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angelsong,
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4/18/2018 | 12:43:17 PM
Re: equal opportunity employment
openness is also necessary to the business employers.
angelsong
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angelsong,
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4/18/2018 | 12:40:35 PM
equal opportunity employment
That's important for the employees.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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4/13/2018 | 2:15:04 PM
Re: All inclusive
There were many fine people on both sides.
James_B_Crawshaw
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James_B_Crawshaw,
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4/13/2018 | 2:10:15 PM
Re: All inclusive
The Anglo Saxons were conquered by the Normans. Why settle for Germanic when you could get a bit of Viking? For the avoidance of doubt I am being sarcastic.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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4/13/2018 | 12:30:31 PM
Re: All inclusive
The Internets has helped make hypocrisy much easier to spot. Not that it seems to matter much.
mendyk
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mendyk,
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4/13/2018 | 12:27:57 PM
Re: Artificially intelligent
In 1985, a smart person told me that copy editors would soon be out of work because ... spell check. I wonder if other smart people are now making similar pronouncements because ... automation.
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alison diana,
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4/13/2018 | 12:20:48 PM
Re: All inclusive
That is certainly the case: Promoting one's diversity is one of the new business mantras. A more recent and growing one is dedication to equal pay. However, little appears to have changed in the boardrooms or paychecks across much of the world which is where it really counts. 
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alison diana,
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4/13/2018 | 12:18:31 PM
Re: Artificially intelligent
Very good, @mendyk. And that, my friend, is why the world still needs copy editors!
mendyk
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mendyk,
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4/13/2018 | 9:49:03 AM
All inclusive
Also, try finding a company that doesn't tout its commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. I know of one that does so, and then you go to its executive leadership page...
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