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Recruiter Disgusted After Employer Says Candidate Is 'Too Fat' For Job

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Recruiter Disgusted After Employer Says Candidate Is 'Too Fat' For Job

A recruiter says she was appalled at having to tell one of her clients they hadn't got a job because the employer thought she was 'too fat'.

Faye Angeletta is the director of a property recruitment firm, and recently put a candidate forward for a sales position.

However, when the 32-year-old checked in with the company to get some feedback about how the client had done during their interview, she was shocked by the response.

The interviewer told Faye that the size 16 candidate, who had recently been dealing with a cancer diagnosis, was 'not the slimmest'.

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Angered by the response, Faye pulled the candidate from the process and shared her story on LinkedIn, banding the employer 'absolutely disgusting'.

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Speaking about the remarks, Faye said: "It was unbelievable. That message came through on text message. I absolutely couldn't believe he'd put it in writing.

"On the phone he said, 'well, you know, I worry for the stairs that we've got in the show room or her having a heart attack'.

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"He was a slimy, horrible man. He laughed down the phone.

"This woman is a size 16 - the average size for a woman in the UK. It's just honestly unreal."

Following the text, Faye had the task of calling the candidate to discuss the feedback, which she found incredibly difficult.

Though she says she made it clear to the employer that she thought they were out of order.

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Faye said: "I'm looking for the best person for the job. At the moment across the whole of the UK, there is a shortage of talent.

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Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"I said to him, 'I just want you to realise that your reason for not taking this candidate is wrong. There will be criticism and I have to filter what is said to me back to the client. This lady had a battle with cancer. She is actually taking steroids.'"

She added: "I have a duty to make sure this candidate doesn't try to reengage with this person.

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"He didn't actually say no to her. He basically said he was still interested but she was too fat."

Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Following her post to LinkedIn, Faye received a lot of comments from people who were equally as appalled by the behaviour.

One user wrote: "Just a shame it's not possible to name and shame. There appears to be a shortage of good new homes sales staff and it would be shame for anyone to work for such a tool!"

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While another added: "It's not just size people get turned down for - there are some people out there that won't take people because they don't fit their mould, and then the ageist.

"I got told the other day your too old to get the job. People like this don't deserve the jobs they are in."

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: Viral, UK News, Job

Dominic Smithers
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