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British Bar In Trouble With City After Posting Ad Looking For British Employees

British Bar In Trouble With City After Posting Ad Looking For British Employees

(Rebecca Fishbein) It's not unheard of for retailers, restaurants and the like to have some unspoken discrimination when it comes to hiring employees. But if you're going to be picky, it's probably best if you don't flaunt it on Craigslist: a Bay Ridge pub's in trouble with the city's Commission on Human Rights after posting a wanted ad on the site that noted a preference towards Brits.

The bar, called the Longbow Pub and Pantry, is a decidedly Brit-leaning spot run by a Welsh native and his Brooklyn-born wife. They serve fish and chips, steak-and-ale pie, bangers and mash and an assortment of British brews like Old Speckled Hen and Strongbow cider, and many of the customers are British themselves. And if you're going to spend a lot of time working with and serving the Brits, you better know the lingo: if there's anything we learned from a teenhood spent reading Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging, it's very embarrassing when you don't know what a "boot" is across the pond. So, naturally, when the bar owners Michael and Jennifer Colbert put out a Craigslist ad looking for a new bartender, they stressed that, "Being British definitely works in your favor. But according to the ad, they're open-minded, adding "[H]aving lived in the U.K.—also a plus."

Read More: Gothamist

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