There’s a lot of evidence out there that Great Britain is slowly losing its adjective, but this item from the Daily Mail is just incredibly silly:

When it comes to hiring staff, there are plenty of legal pitfalls employers need to watch out for these days.

So recruitment agency boss Nicole Mamo was especially careful to ensure her advert for hospital workers did not offend on grounds of race, age or sexual orientation.

However, she hadn’t reckoned on discriminating against a wholly different section of the community – the completely useless.

When she ran the ad past a job centre, she was told she couldn’t ask for “reliable” and “hard-working” applicants because it could be offensive to unreliable people.

When she ran the ad past a job centre, she was told she couldn’t ask for “reliable” and “hard-working” applicants because it could be offensive to unreliable people.

Even the authorities found this ridiculous, and an opportunity for some dry British humor:

The Equality and Human Rights Commission added: “This is in no way in breach of any discrimination law.

“Mrs Mamo should consider very unreliable any advice that she may have received implying that this aspect of her advert was discriminatory.”

Fortunately, most British employment agencies are more like this:

(Hat tip: Richard Belzer via Facebook.)

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