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Man told to lose beard if he wanted job with UPS.

Byline: Shannyn Quinn

A BEARDED man says he feels "discriminated" against after being told he could not have a job with multinational delivery firm UPS at East Midlands Airport unless he was clean shaven.

David Hanger, of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, was keen to apply for a job with the courier firm as a multi-drop driver before being told that the company has a strict policy on facial hair.

The 48-year-old attended the Big Job Fair event at East Midlands Airport last weekend where dozens of companies advertised roles, including two of the airports largest international cargo partners UPS and DHL.

David says the UPS representative at the jobs fair was impressed with his previous experience in various customer-facing roles and gave him an application form.

However, the representative commented that David would not be able to work for the company unless he got rid of his beard.

David, who handed the application form back to the firm, said: "The representative said, 'I must point out that under our policy you're not allowed to have that' and pointed to my beard. The only time you can have a beard is if it's for religious reasons."

"I was shocked at that. I have worked for Nottingham City Council, the NHS, Marks & Spencer and with the police force, all in customer-facing,frontline jobs and they have never had an issue.

"It's a well-kept beard, it's not more than a centimetre long.

"Immediately, I thought it was discriminatory.

There are millions of men with beards. Having a beard gives me confidence, it's part of me and I've had a beard for more than 20 years now."

A spokesman for UPS said it prefers that its drivers, as "ambassadors of the company" are clean shaven. A statement said: "This is a guideline that is known and accepted by its employees throughout the company and explained to any bearded applicant wanting to work in a customer-facing capacity at UPS.

"Employees may, however, have beards for medical or religious reasons."

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Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Feb 7, 2018
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