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Hair salon had to remove job ad for ‘happy’ stylist because it is ‘discriminatory’ against unhappy people

You really have to be careful with how you word things these days.  A hair salon owner in the U.K. says she was told by a job center that she could not run an advertisement recruiting a “happy” stylist because the word is “discriminatory” against unhappy people.  Alison Birch listed the part-time job for a qualified hairdresser, noting the position requires someone with five years’ experience of working in a salon, who is “confident in barbering as well as all aspects of hairdressing.”

Part time fully qualified hairdresser, must be confident in barbering as well as all aspects of hairdressing, must have…

Posted by AJ's Unisex Hair Salon on Thursday, August 13, 2020

It also added, “This is a busy, friendly, small salon, so only happy, friendly stylists need apply.”  However, Birch says she got a call Wednesday (September 2nd) saying “happy” was a discriminatory word.  Birch shared the critique from the job center on Facebook with her customers, many of whom commented, “The world has gone absolutely mad.”