Employer informs recruiter that he does not want to hire a woman because she is “too obese.”


Employer informs recruiter that he does not want to hire a woman because she is “too obese.”

After a client remarked that a candidate’s weight was “off-putting,” an irate recruiter expressed her surprise. The company insisted that appearance was a significant criterion for the position. After a potential employer refused to hire someone because they were allegedly too obese, a recruiter confessed that she was “lost for words.”

Faye Angeletta, a recruitment director in London, said she had heard a lot of weird explanations for employers rejecting people in her career, but none like this.

The unnamed employer told Angeletta after an interview with the candidate: “The only thing that bothers me about her is that she isn’t the slimmest of ladies… I’m not trying to be sexist, but it did bother me.

“Presentation is vital to us, and you’re aware that our employees are held to a’standard.'”

Angeletta was also informed that appearance was a significant criterion for the position, which she found surprising.

In a LinkedIn post, they stated: “It’s an industry full of stunning individuals. There is an expectation for presentation in customer-facing professions, and it goes without saying that you must look the part on the job.

“However, if you want to hire someone based on their looks rather than their abilities, you may try a modeling agency.”

Angeletta lashed out against Indy100, calling the comments “shallow” and “arrogant.”

They were particularly odd, she continued, given the current scarcity of qualified candidates on the market.

Angeletta has had people rejected in the past due to “garlic breath,” “Dr. Evil” petting their cat on Zoom, or just reminding the interviewer of Piers Morgan.

She deemed the most recent event to be a step too far and decided to remove the candidate from consideration for the position.

She also informed her client that she would no longer be willing to work for them.

Angeletta elaborated: “As an employer, you have the right to express your concerns to a recruiter about potential candidates, but there is a point at which it becomes discriminatory and, simply, insulting.

“Consider the language you use when giving feedback; the candidate deserves to know why they were denied, but not to be intimidated out of the process.

“The finest thing you can give an unsuccessful candidate is constructive criticism that identifies areas for improvement in preparation for future interviews. That, and basic courtesy!” The candidate in question has since found a new position.

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