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New York City restaurant fined $5,000 for placing advertisement seeking female coat check (video)

By Mason White 12:57 PM November 28, 2014
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By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A New York City restaurant owner said that he was shocked to received a large fine after placing an advertisement on Craigslist seeking a female employee.

Giuseppe Bruno, who owns the Upper East Side restaurant Sistina, said that Commission on Human Rights is looking for business owners who inadvertently use sexist language in job advertisements.

Bruno was fined $5,000 after placing his advertisement on Craigslist seeking a reliable, friendly and organized coat check.

The commission said that the advertisement violated the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits gender language in job advertisements.

Bruno’s assistant Lara Kineavy, who posted the advertisement on the Internet, said that she received two responses by email from a male and a female, who were actually working undercover for the commission.

According to the complaint, the restaurant only opened the email of the female respondent.

“In New York City, it is illegal under the Human Rights Law to express a preference for one protected class over another in an employment advertisement. In the Sistina case, Commissioner testers spotted an allegedly discriminatory ad that requested a specific gender to fill a position. The Commission filed a complaint and the case is currently under investigation. It is a normal practice for the Commission to try to settle cases at every stage of the process,” the Commission on Human Rights said.