Halal Restaurant Fined $1,000 Over ‘Discriminatory’ Help Wanted Sign

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The state has fined a Bloomfield Gyro King $1,000 for posting a job opening for men only.

The sign was put up at the Bloomfield Avenue restaurant on April 20, but was taken down after a few days because of the mounting complaints. The owners of the restaurant stated that they had a specific reason for asking for male applicants only.

Photo Credit: News12 New Jersey

Photo Credit: News12 New Jersey

“It’s not an easy job. We need someone to handle the job,” co-owner Nazir Ahmad said.

Co-owner Amir Ahmad added, “My intention was actually for a heavy-lifting job.”

Photo Credit: News12 New Jersey

Photo Credit: News12 New Jersey

However, it is illegal for employers to discriminate based on gender. The owners have apologized for the sign, and were ordered to go through discrimination training. However, they maintained that the sign wasn’t sexist, and that they only wanted to hire a person who would be able to handle the tasks required of the position.

“I’ve been here for almost 20 years and I've never looked at males or females in a different category. We are all equal,” Amir said.

Photo Credit: News12 New Jersey

Photo Credit: News12 New Jersey

"We are sorry to Bloomfield. Everyone is welcomed here and everyone is loved equally,” Nazir said.

There are no women employed in the restaurant, but there have been female hires in other locations. They stated that they hoped to hire more women in the future.

Sources: America Now

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