The advert, posted on jobs website Reed.co.uk, asked for the staff to be 'attractive'.
It has been removed by Reed for using 'inappropriate language', but Thorp's screenshots remain online:
The advert was posted by House of Wax, on behalf of the unnamed jazz bar.
Further down the advert specifies they must be 'extremely attractive'.
In addition to the standard requirements of waitstaff, such as needing to handle cash, and have impeccable customer service, the advert also said one requirement was:
Physical attractiveness is unfortunately necessary for this role.
Because, you know, unfortunately, the person setting the hiring criteria to be included in this vacancy listing had no control over including it as criteria. Unfortunately.
Another gem is the requirement that women wear black heels, and men wear dress shoes.
The offending advert has been withdrawn, though the same company appears to still searching for an 'events manager'.
There the advert calls the venue a Jazz Bar and 'experimental coffee shop'.
Presumably they're experimenting with 'vintage' recruitment policies.
Reed.co.uk issued this statement:
At reed.co.uk, we take our responsibilities as a recruitment advertising platform, used by thousands of jobseekers every day, extremely seriously.
As such, we have a number steps in place to ensure jobs advertised with us comply with all appropriate legislation, are non-discriminatory and, of course, genuine.
Clearly, in this instance, an advertiser has used inappropriate language in their posting and so details of the vacancy have been removed whilst we work with them to ensure they are made fully aware of relevant legislation affecting their recruitment.
Does asking employees to be 'extremely attractive' breach the law?
The last piece of legislation passed by the last Labour Government was the 2010 Equality Act, but 'attractiveness' does not come into it.
According to gov.uk it is against the law to discriminate against anyone because of the following 'protected characteristics':
BeautifulPeople’s recruitment service makes it easy for businesses to secure attractive personable employees to give your business that competitive edge.
The practise of asking applicants to include a photo is illegal in the United States.
Experiments with 'blind auditions' for orchestra musicians didn't produce better looking players (frankly everyone with a cello looks hot), but it did increase the number of female players by 30 per cent.