SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has taken action against 10 companies for using discriminatory recruitment advertisements. The companies will be required to put up public apologies on their websites for 30 days.
They are also not allowed to hire foreign workers for 6 months from the time they put up their apology statements.
Since March 2013, MOM has found 12 companies guilty of not abiding the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices issued by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices (TAFEP).
Under the Tripartite Guidelines, employers who advertise a position requiring a specific attribute, which may be viewed as discriminatory, should ensure that the attribute is indeed a requirement of the job. Employers should also state the reason for the requirement in the advertisement. For example, words or phrases that exclude Singaporeans or indicate preference for non-Singaporeans and those that exclude or indicate a preference for a certain age group or gender should not be used in job advertisements.
The 10 companies could not provide valid justifications for restricting their recruitment to exclusive groups. All the firms have since removed the discriminatory terms from their original advertisements. Expedia Singapore and Incofood Singapore were investigated by MOM in March 2013.
MOM said in a statement that it expects all employers doing business in Singapore to comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices, and put in place fair employment practices.
Companies and employment agencies can also approach TAFEP for advice or assistance in complying with the Guidelines.
Here are guidelines provided by TAFEP on what is acceptable in a job advertisement: