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Italy: young worker refused job as waiter: 'You're black.'

4 August 2017 News
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Paolo, a 29-year old experienced waiter from Milan who was born in Brazil, responded to an ad for summer work and applied for a seasonal job at a hotel in Cervia, on the Italian Adriatic coast.  An agreement was reached by phone. But on June 18 Paolo sent the hotel a copy of his ID card needed to formalize employment. He received back a text message saying: "I'm sorry Paolo, I can't hire you. You're black. People here wouldn't understand."

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Picture of the text message received by Paolo

Shortly after, he contacted the local branch of the IUF-affiliate Filcams Cgil which filed a legal action for racial discrimination against the hotel.

"We face a clear case of racial discrimination," said Filcams-Cgil, "in which the loss of earnings for the season job adds to the humiliation and profound injustices to which he has been subjected".