London, Jan.27 (ANI): Campaigners reacted with anger last night after it was claimed that a Jobcentre worker had refused to display an advert for a "reliable worker" because she felt the phrase discriminated against unreliable applicants.
According to the Daily Express, recruitment boss Nicole Mamo, 48, who tried to post the ad, says she was told the expression could lead to legal action.
Last night she branded the move "political correctness gone mad."
She told how she tried to post the advert for a 5.80-pound-an-hour domestic cleaner on her local Jobcentre Plus website. But when she called the Jobcentre Plus office in Thetford, Norfolk, the following day she says she was told her advert would not be displayed in the office.
She claims a woman said the advert would not be available to visitors on their touch-screen computer database, known as "Jobpoints."
The mother of two, from Borehamwood, Herts, said yesterday: "I placed the advert on the website and when I phoned to check I was told it hadn't been displayed in the Jobcentre itself. The woman said, 'Oh we can't put that advert on the Jobpoints'.
"She said it was because they could have cases against them for discriminating against unreliable people. I laughed because I thought that was crazy. We supply the NHS with staff so it's very important for the patients that we have reliable workers.
"We find jobs for hundreds of temporary staff every week and are proud of our workers but our reputation is at stake if they aren't reliable.
"We are taking people off the dole and finding them jobs, so not displaying the advert seems absolutely ridiculous to me." The job offer read: "Domestic cleaner required immediately. A variety of different shifts available. Must be fluent in written and spoken English for health and safety reasons.
A spokeswoman for the Campaign Against Political Correctness said: "This situation is absolutely ridiculous. Of course people want reliable workers and of course employers should be able to ask for them.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions said she could not comment on Ms Mamo's phone call. (ANI)