Hair Salon Recruiting 'Happy' Stylist Is Banned By Job Centre - Stylebook

Hair salon’s advert recruiting a ‘happy’ stylist is ‘BANNED by job centre because the word ‘discriminates’ against unhappy people’

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A hair salon owner has been told she cannot place a job advert for a ‘happy’ new stylist – because the word is ‘discriminatory’ against unhappy people.

Alison Birch, who runs AJ’s Unisex hair salon in Stroud, Gloucestershire was amazed when an official at the local job centre said she could not stipulate happiness as a required quality for a new employee.

Her ad said ‘Part time fully qualified hairdresser, must be confident in barbering as well as all aspects of hairdressing, must have at least 5 years experience working in a salon, after being fully qualified. This is a busy friendly small salon, so only happy, friendly stylist need apply.’

Mum of three Alison, 54, who has run her salon for 20 years, said: ‘It was less than an hour after I’d gone online and placed the ad with the local job centre that I got a call from a man there saying there was a problem.
‘I said what’s that and he said I couldn’t use the word happy because it discriminated against people who aren’t happy.

‘I honestly thought it was a wind-up and someone I know was pulling my leg. I thought any second now he’s going to tell me it’s a joke but he didn’t. He was deadly serious.

In the end I told him I wouldn’t proceed with the ad. I can’t repeat some of the words I used!

‘All I wanted to get across in my ad was that we are a small friendly salon and we wanted someone with a smile on their face. We have had stylists in the past who come in after arguing with their boyfriends and slam the door and things like that and I didn’t want that sort of thing again.’

She told John Hawkins of Gloucestershire News Service: ‘Sadly one of our stylists has died of cancer during lockdown aged only 42 so my other stylist Claire Young and I could really do with someone cheerful joining us after that terrible tragedy.

In this day and age with Covid worrying us all our customers really need to see happy smiling eyes.

‘Our eyes are all they can see while we have to wear masks and visors so I don’t think there is anything terribly wrong in advertising for someone of a happy disposition.

Alison shared the conversation she had with the job centre on the salon’s Facebook page yesterday (Weds).

Her social media friends were as equally as baffled as her with many commenting on whether political correctness had been taken too far.