Female Slug and Lettuce kitchen boss slammed for ‘sexist’ job advert

Female Slug and Lettuce kitchen boss is slammed for ‘sexist’ job advert calling for ‘boys first’ because the chef’s role involves heavy lifting

  • Angela Borsi is kitchen manager at Bristol Harbourside branch of the bar chain
  • She posted advert on Facebook saying ‘boys first, if possible’ and a smiley face
  • Ms Borsi was criticised as sexist and predatory for requesting male applicants
  • One social media user commented: ‘Are you looking for boyfriend of chef???’
  • Slug and Lettuce spokesperson apologised for any offence caused by the post

Slug and Lettuce kitchen manager Angela Borsi, who asked for ‘boys first’ in a Facebook advert so they could do the heavy lifting

A Slug and Lettuce kitchen manager has been slammed for posting a job advert asking for male candidates only – so they can do the heavy lifting.

Angela Borsi, who works at the Bristol Harbourside branch of the bar chain, was criticised for requesting ‘boys first’ in a Facebook post.

The advert, posted to the ‘Jobs in Bristol and Surrounding Areas’ page, read: ‘Chef job! In Slug and Lettuce Bristol Harbourside. Boys first, if possible :)’.

Ms Borsi was branded sexist and predatory for requesting male-only applicants.

Natasha Mondon commented: ‘Wow, if this isn’t the most sexist post I’ve seen today’.

Yaro Yarick asked: ‘Are you looking for boyfriend of chef???’ 

But Ms Borsi defended her advert, saying the £8-an-hour role for 40-45 hours a week required a strong person for the heavy lifting involved.

She told BristolLive: ‘I don’t think it’s nothing bad – the people are thinking bad about that, I didn’t want a boyfriend.

‘I have two girls in the kitchen already, one is me and the other is pregnant and we need a man for the heavy lifting, when we do an oil change, it is 20 litre containers and they are heavy – that’s the reason I put ‘boys first’.’

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Under UK law, employers must not show any form of gender discrimination without a ‘genuine occupational requirement’.

Guidance from employment agency Reed states: ‘An employer cannot show a preference to hire someone of a particular gender without a genuine occupational requirement.

‘Without one, any language in the job advert relating to gender preference could be viewed as discriminatory.

Slug and Lettuce in Bristol Harbourside, where the £8-an-hour role for 40-45 hours a week is available

‘Even with seemingly good intentions from a recruiter (such as trying to even up the gender split in the office, for example), favouring a man or woman for a particular role is generally not acceptable.’

A Slug and Lettuce spokesperson said: ‘Whilst this individual is a team member she does not handle our recruitment. 

‘The post was done proactively on a personal feed in her own time and certainly does not reflect company policy. 

‘We would like to apologise for any offence caused and reassure all applicants that our management team handles all recruitment to ensure the correct procedures are adhered to and it will be no different with this vacancy.’

Ms Borsi has been contacted for comment.

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