Government-run jobs agency Pôle Emploi is in the news after it was forced to run an advertisement for a job at a Sauna in Evreux in Haute Normandie. The manager of the Sauna, one of a chain of several such “sexy saunas” says that the job centre told him they did not wish to run the advert because it is a “sauna libertine” an act he considers discriminatory and therefore illegal.
The story has had much media attention and the advert was published on Wednesday this week after alleged intervention from a Government minister keen to calm the situation down. The advert states that the Equatorial Sauna is seeking a “versatile agent… resistant to temperature variations, discrete, open minded and a good listener.”
It’s not the first time a branch of the job agency has been the centre of media attention. Earlier this year a 53 year old pensioner was sent a job sheet for a position as a stripper at a strip joint at €12. In that case the agency said it would be discriminatory not to let the lady apply for the role. She however turned it down saying that the image of women is often mistreated and “it’s time to stop dropping our pants”.