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Portland Donut Shop Attacked For Denying Jobs To Vegans

| by Zara Zhi
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A popular Oregon doughnut shop has come under fire for a controversial hiring practice which excludes those with dietary restrictions from applying.

Pip's Original Doughnuts in Northeast Portland posted an ad on Poached Jobs seeking a new barista on July 21.  The requirements listed were that the potential employee should be friendly, outgoing and have “no non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions.”

The company states that dietary restrictions “would stop you from tasting, accurately representing our treats and maintaining quality control.”

Portland has been cited as the most vegan-friendly city in America by PETA, so it’s no surprise that the doughnut shop has received heavy backlash on social media. Many vegans and vegetarians have accused the local store of discrimination, according to the Oregonian.

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Co-owner Nate Snell took to Facebook to address the issue.

"After receiving as much hate email as we have in the last two days, I'm more steadfast and sure of our position than ever," he wrote.

“I'd rather have the freedom to run my business in a way that is both lawful and representative of my own hard-earned right of choice than capitulate to bullying, fear tactics and intimidation."

Snell invited vegetarian and vegan applicants to send a "respectful email explaining why you are vegan but still feel like you can work at our shop and suggest some workarounds." In the Facebook post, Snell cited that the shop serves bacon.

"I've had employees in the past decide to radically change their diets to the point where they can no longer eat what we're serving and it's created health safety issues and compromised the excellence and integrity of our product," Snell explained. "I would rather not deal with that again by being upfront and clear and what our expectations are." 

The Oregonian reports that Snell sent an official statement about the incident on July 25:

At Pip's we serve dishes that contain meat, gluten and most other common food allergens like soy, diary and nuts. It is our responsibility to let potential employees know that they will be expected to taste the food and drinks we prepare in order to maintain both food quality and food safety.

If a potential employee is not able to perform these duties because of a voluntary, non-medical and non-religious dietary restriction (no sugar, no gluten, no nuts, no meat etc.) working at our shop would place an undue burden on our ability to maintain the quality of our food and the health of our customers and employees.

Sources: The Oregonian, Poached Jobs, Pip's Original Doughnuts/Facebook / Photo credit: Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian

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