Optus takes down job ad seeking "Anglo Saxon" applicants

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Optus takes down job ad seeking "Anglo Saxon" applicants

Optus has launched an investigation into how a job advertisement seeking "Anglo Saxon" applicants at one of its stores was posted online.

The ad stated that "candidates who are Anglo Saxon and live near to Neutral Bay" would be preferred for the retail assistant position at one of Optus' retail stores.

The ad was sent to the telco on Twitter, and has since been removed. Optus said it will be investigating how the incident occurred and would look to take disciplinary action as a result.

"Optus proudly supports diversity and inclusion and employs staff representing more than 70 nationalities. This is an error and completely unacceptable and a clear breach of our advertising standards and our commitment to equal opportunity," the telco said on Twitter.

Optus vice president of human resources Vaughan Paul told ABC News that the telco had begun an internal investigation into the matter.

"This incident is unacceptable and does not reflect Optus' values of diversity and inclusion," Paul told ABC.

"This error [is] a clear breach of our advertising standards and commitment to equal opportunity employment. Optus proudly supports diversity and employs staff representing more than 70 nationalities."

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