The online ad, posted on Sunday, was seeking cleaners for a supermarket at Eastlands Shopping Centre. “Store requires no Indians or Asians please. Must speak English (sic),” the ad read.
According to the Voice of Tasmania, the ad, posted on the Gumtree website, sparked outrage on social media sites, with people calling for the boycotting of the store.
“Which supermarket is this so I can boycott them?” one outraged Facebook user said.
“A case for the Anti-Discrimination Commission, surely,” another user said. According to the report, the job ad was later removed from the site.
A Coles spokesman later admitted that the ad had been posted by a contract company responsible for cleaning its Rosny store, the report said.
“The ad was placed without Coles’ knowledge and we were extremely concerned to learn of the ad and its contents,” spokesman Jim Cooper said.
“Coles is a proud, equal-opportunity employer and at no time have we ever issued the directives contained in this ad. We have made these points in no uncertain terms to the cleaning contractors in question,” Cooper added.
Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Robin Banks said she wanted to track down the cleaning contractor to carry out possible legal action, the report added.