Sunday, June 10, 2007

Belgian rejects job seeker due to "racist dog"

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A Belgian businessman rejected a Nigerian job applicant because the businessman said his own dog was racist and would bite non-whites, Belgian media reported on Saturday. ADVERTISEMENT

The 53-year-old man Nigerian told De Standaard newspaper he arrived at the Belgian's wrought-iron business and was immediately confronted by the barking dog.

The Belgian turned the man away before he could even enter, and wrote on his labour office letter that he could not hire the man because of his colour, adding there was a risk the dog would bite him.

The local labour office has concluded that the Belgian was racist and has removed him from its list of potential employers.

"My dog is racist. Not me," the Belgian told De Standaard.

The Nigerian, who has lived in Belgium for 32 years, said it was not the first time he had been rejected for a job because of his colour, although other employers had been more subtle.

He told the newspaper that he did not wish to lodge a formal complaint because he did not wish his family in Nigeria to hear about the case.Yahoo

I am not sure why Japanese media run this article.
[ブリュッセル 9日 ロイター] ベルギーの鉄鋼関連会社で、ナイジェリア出身男性(53)が、人種差別を理由に採用を断られていた。9日付のスタンダルド紙が伝えた。会社の経営者は、自分の飼い犬が「人種差別主義」であり、白人以外にはかみつくと説明した。


The man's excuse was funny and picking up the funny news is okay, but I hope Japanese media will check if there is similar racism in empolyment in Japan, in particular when the government expressed the will to welcome the workers from abroad.

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