A salon boss was banned from placing a Jobcentre advert for a happy stylist because it would "discriminate" against Grumps.
“friendly stylist”. Boss Alison Birch, 54, had written: “This is a busy, friendly, small salon, so only happy, friendly stylist need apply.”
But she said her local Jobcentre told her they could not run the ad because the word “happy” is “discriminatory”.
Alison, who runs AJ’s Unisex Hair Salon in Stroud, Glos, said a Jobcentre worker told her: “The word happy is a discriminatory word and we aren’t allowed to use it, as somebody who is not happy will be discriminated against.”
He then asked: “Should we change the word in case somebody thinks they can’t apply for the job because they are not a happy person?”
Alison said: “Has this whole world all gone mad?”
And customer Julie Thickins said: “I thought this was a joke, realising it clearly isn’t has left me absolutely speechless... what has the human race come to?”
Alison, who has run AJ’s Hair Salon for 20 years, said she “panicked” when the job centre told her she had used a “discriminatory” word in her job ad.
She said: “When he called me up and said he wanted to talk to me about using a discriminatory word in my job advert, I panicked.
“I thought, what have I said? I wouldn’t do something like that.
“I was almost relieved when he said the word was ‘happy’.
“At first I really did think it was a wind-up. I have some cheeky customers that try to wind me up something awful. "
“So when the man said I couldn’t use the word ‘happy’ because it was discriminatory, I was waiting for one of my customers to reveal it was them. "
A spokesman for the Department for Work and Pensions said: “We mistakenly advised a customer to amend a job advert but have since offered to repost the original and apologised for the error.”