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15 March 2010
Forza AW, a major supplier of cooked meat to Asda supermarkets (part of Walmart) has been accused of anti-British discrimination because of advertising jobs via staffing agency OSR Recruitment with the proviso that applicants must speak Polish even though their place of work would be in the UK, The Mail on Sunday reports.
One British job seeker who phoned OSR to enquire about the advertised jobs was told "Actually, you have to be fluent because the health and safety training is all done in Polish."
Neil Kinghan, director general of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: "Any refusal to register an applicant because of their nationality is unlawful under the Race Relations Act. The commission will be writing to Forza AW this week to ask it to respond to the allegations made against the company and to confirm that it will comply with the Race Relations Act and not discriminate against British, or any other workers on the grounds of their nationality."
Forza AW director Max Hilliard told the Mail on Sunday he was unaware of the "must speak Polish" clause and the advert was a mistake due to a breakdown in communications between his firm and OSR Recruitment.
He said "chaos" following a fire where the factory is normally based in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, meant the advert was not properly vetted.