Wednesday 13 December 2017

New York's only Welsh pub fined over ad preferring British workers

Philip Sherwell

The owners of New York's only Welsh pub have reluctantly reached a deal with the city's Human Rights Commission (HRC) after they illegally stated a preference for British applicants for a bar job.

Michael and Jennifer Colbert, who run the Longbow Pub and Pantry in Brooklyn, agreed to pay a $2,500 (€1,900) settlement and to undergo anti-discrimination training. The advertisement that landed them in trouble with the HRC was placed on the website Craigslist.

"Energetic and enthusiastic men and women with an appreciation of craft beer, good food, whisky and real football (aka soccer)," it read. "Being British definitely works in your favour."

Mr Colbert, who is from Wrexham, and his wife, an American, made it clear they would hire a non-Briton, as long as they understood the culture.

As Mrs Colbert wrote to the commission: "It is essential to know that Wales is not where the princess is from, why Everton v Liverpool is an important match, that a banger has nothing to do with gangs, black pudding is not a dessert and that the Old Firm has nothing to do with attorneys." After the settlement they said: "Free speech is not so free after all."

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