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Woman told she's too young for job

Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A Swedish woman who was denied a receptionist job for being too young was awarded a $7,700 settlement from the Equality Ombudsman.

The 20-year-old woman told the ombudsman she applied for a job as receptionist at a guest house and handed in a resume detailing her experience in similar jobs and education in the hotels and tourism field, The Local.se reported Friday.

"Thank you for your application, but unfortunately we're looking for someone older," the guest house management told the woman.

The business said it has a policy of not hiring anyone under age 22.

"According to the discrimination laws, every prospective employee has the right to be judged on their merits when seeking work," ombudsman Agneta Broberg said. "In this case, it didn't happen as the woman concerned was deemed to be too young."

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