The group SOS Racisme has launched proceedings after a job advert for a graphic designer at Paris company NSL Studio appeared online on the jobs site Graphic Jobs.
The job advert listed the ideal characteristics and qualifications for desired candidates including “organized, demanding and motivated”.
The list also includes the specification: “If Possible Not Jewish”. (see below)
Naturally the advert caused immediate outrage and although it was soon taken down from the site, internet users on Twitter and Facebook continued to express their disgust.
Graphic Jobs quickly issued a tweet expressing their apologies for the “scandalous” advert.
For their part NSL studio, based in the 19th arrondissement, said they were a victim of hacking and they “would never have willingly published the advert”.
“Someone outside our business added this line. But it wasn’t us. We accept everyone in our company,” one of the company’s directors told Le Parisien.
The company claimed the advert appeared on other job sites without the specification about not being Jewish.
However Inrocks magazine claimed to have spoken to another employee who said bosses had made a conscious decision not to recruit a Jewish person, due to the fact they had to be flexible and willing to random work days and hours and didn’t want anyone whose religious convictions restricted them.
This claim was dismissed by company bosses.
Nevertheless SOS Racisme has decided to ask its lawyers to launch legal proceedings with the public prosecutor.
The uproar comes at a sensitive time in France with the number of anti-Semitic acts having risen dramatically and the Jewish community still reeling from the deadly shooting at a kosher store during the Paris terror attacks in which four Jews died.