Alex Stewart, 38, jumped at the chance to apply for a job at Clacton’s 99p Store when he saw a sign in the window.
But Mr Stewart, of Bluehouse Avenue, Clacton, said he was told not to bother applying because females were needed to fill vacancies for part-time assistants.And, ignoring the fact this is illegal, what reason did he give?
“I went in optimistically and the cashier called the manager, so I could talk to him about the position.…
“When he arrived, I started explaining why I was there.
“But he cut me short and told me the work was only available for girls, as it involved being on a till.”
Nope. Me neither!
A store spokesman said: “We are looking into this as a matter of priority. We have a strict equal opportunities employment policy at all our branches. Any manager found to have breached that policy would face severe disciplinary action.”Ooooh! ‘Severe’. I wonder what that means?