Thursday, June 13, 2002

REVERSE DISCRIMINATION? I've been too busy using the internet to search for a house and a doula to pay much attention to the news, but I did notice an item in Jay Nordlinger's Impromptus about job advertisements. It seems that a travel agency in Great Britain wished to place an employment ad that described qualified candidates as "friendly." The job agency refused to run the ad for a "friendly" employee because "that would discriminate against applicants not lucky enough to have that sort of personality.” Judging from the large numbers of grumpy and surly clerks working in my favorite department stores, like WalMart, I don't think we need to worry about "personality discrimination" in the United States. In fact, I sometimes wonder if stores, not to mention government agencies, fast food restaurants, and my local medical clinic, are practicing reverse discrimination against employees lucky enough to be friendly and helpful.

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