The manager of a lap dancing club in Accrington claims she is the victim of political correctness and
discrimination after the Jobcentre refused to allow her to advertise for dancers.
Kate Hartley is to launch iCandy in Blackburn Road on May 31, with the help of 45 new members of staff. But Hartley said she had hit a wall in the recruitment process after being told she could not advertise vacancies for lap dancers,
bar staff, waiting on staff and doorman.
When contacted by the Lancashire Telegraph, the Jobcentre said its policy was not to advertise for lap dancers, but it was now considering whether the other positions were suitable for display in its branches.
I think the Jobcentre's attitude is absolutely crazy in the current economic climate. The Jobcentre should want to help us employ local people. It's political correctness gone mad. They told me they would not be able to advertise my jobs as
people will be intimidated.
That's discrimination. If people are mature enough to get a job they are mature enough to walk passed an advert they do not wish to apply for.
A Jobcentre spokesman said:
People who are desperately looking for work shouldn't be put in an environment where they're exposed to these types of jobs and could feel under pressure to work in the sex industry.
Update: Opening Night
13th July 2012. See article
iCandy, will be launched on Friday 13th July 2012 despite opposition from residents and recruitment agencies, a lack of dancers and a 1,500-signature petition against the club.
The manager of the club, Kate Hartley, said: We are aware a lot of people are against us but we are hoping for best.