Owners of a city centre Korean restaurant have apologised after advertising a job asking only young women to work for them.
The Miss Korea restaurant and karaoke bar in Nottingham is set to open in the next few weeks but their search to fill staff vacancies has resulted in an employment law breach.
Advertisements for “girls only, aged 20 to 35” were posted on the internet and social media sites by the venue in a bid to recruit waitresses.
However, the advers were a breach of the Equality Act 2010 which protects discrimination in employment on grounds of religion or belief, sexual orientation and age.
The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) is a body devoted to preventing and resolving employment disputes.
Area director Kate Nowicki from ACAS told the Nottingham Post: “The law on sex discrimination was introduced 40 years ago in 1974, and this case confirms that there is still work to be done to get the message out there.
“Advertising directly for female staff is sex discrimination, unless it can be justified in some way, which is difficult to do.
“The law on age discrimination has been in place since 2006, and again employers need to justify why they are setting age limits to avoid being found unlawful.
“The key message is that employers should select the best person for the job. Selection procedures don’t need to complex, they just need to be fair. If they aren’t, employers can get into hot water, and it can be very costly to put things right.
“In an employment tribunal the typical award for sex discrimination cases is about £7,000, and in age discrimination cases it is about £6,000.”
The adverts have now been taken down by Miss Korea.
Marketing manager Dominika Splichalova, from Miss Korea, said: “I was not aware this was a problem in the UK.
“The restaurant only wanted girls due to the image of Korean culture.
“We will take the advert down and I would like to apologies for any offence caused.”