Saturday, 14 September 2019

Age Bar

In my very first post on this blog I talked about a friend who was refused pub work because of his age and sex. Seems it's a widespread phenomenon ...

My friend, who like me is skidding rapidly through his 50s, was told he needed to be a woman under 30 years of age in order to get a job behind a bar in the seaside village where he lives. Of course, this was entirely in breach of UK anti-discrimination laws.

So it was interesting to read an article on the subject written last year by a lady called Gabriella Mlynarczyk for a drinks industry publication.

Mlynarczyk not only tells her own story but also interviews others like her who lost jobs they were deemed too old for by the licensed trade:
Gabriella Mlynarczyk
21 December 2018

Bar owners and managers usually have an ideal in mind when hiring a team. They think carefully about which qualifications are necessary, whether it’s an ability to lift heavy cases or possess a deep knowledge of a particular spirit or cocktail style. But perhaps more importantly, they have a look in mind. The look of youth.

In my 20 years of working in bars, I’ve come to recognize this look: fresh-faced, well-manicured, overtly stylish, with a general age range of 25 to 35. Old enough to have some experience, in other words, but not so old that the blush has faded from the rose.

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