'Prefer Indian or Asian' advert got Coast contractor fired

"CONTRACT: Cleaning of cinemas in Maroochydore event cinemas, 12 cinemas, seven days a week, pay is $900, prefer Indian or Asian."

This is the Gumtree job advert that saw a cleaning contractor of Maroochydore's Birch, Carroll and Coyle cinemas sacked.

While the cinema management declined to comment on the advert, it was removed from Gumtree the same day it was posted.


This advert on Gumtree saw a cleaning contractor fired.
This advert on Gumtree saw a cleaning contractor fired. Kathy Sundstrom

It is understood hours after the advert was placed on Gumtree, the cinema received complaints on its Facebook page.

The Daily spoke to the contractor responsible for the job of ensuring the cinemas were cleaned regularly, known only as "Ken".

"One of my subcontractors who lives at Beenleigh placed the ad, it had nothing to do with me," Ken said.

"You really cannot put that sort of ad in, its discrimination.

"I sacked him over that. It is racist discrimination."

Ken said the contractor had only been working for him for a "short while", maybe three months.

"He put that in without thinking."

But this isn't the only advert on Gumtree looking for people of a different nationality to do cleaning jobs. 

VJ, from Kelvin Grove, also has an advert up looking for an looking for an "experienced Indian girl for house cleaning job".

The Daily contacted VJ who advised he was Indian and having an Indian cleaner would make it easier for him to communicate.

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