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What’s Your Sign? Really? You’re Hired!

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Feb 05, 2009 | 0 Comments

Here's an interesting proposition, although it comes to us not from New Jersey, nor even the good old USA, but from Austria. 

According to this article, a Salzburg insurance company recently advertised for sales and management positions.  Nothing unusual there.  So what was the catch?  Only those born under the signs of Capricorn, Taurus, Aquarius, Aries and Leo were asked to apply.

The company's position was not irrational.    "A statistical study indicated that almost all of our best employees across Austria have one of the five star signs.  We only decided to continue with that  system and hire the best workers."

The NJ Law Against Discrimination is loaded with protected classifications, but being Zodiacally challeneged isn't one of them.  If this were happening in NJ rather than Austria, would disgruntled employees (or would-be employees) have a legal claim against the company?  I've never heard of anything like this before, but I doubt that the company's hiring practice would be unlawful under NJ or federal law.  It's certainly unorthodox, but if it reflects the company's business judgment and doesn't discriminate against members of recognized protected classes, why shouldn't they be allowed to do business as they see fit?

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...


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