Some people in the Albuquerque area are upset saying a new business owner’s Facebook post shows she’s blatantly discriminating with her hiring practices. Now the owner is defending herself.
In the expansive, yet small-town East Mountains community jobs are a little harder to come by.
Which is why a Facebook posting for a cook and waitress for a new local business is garnering a lot of reaction with many feeling they have no chance at filling the openings.
“When you’re dealing with a business, you have to be professional. And you cannot just come out and say I’m not willing to hire people with kids with childcare issues. Or hire people that have car troubles. Or even people with mental or emotional disabilities,” said Adrianna Sanchez.
Megan Clayton, the owner of soon-to-open Honey Bears Cafe in Cedar Crest, recently took to the social media site with her very specific job requirements.
Clayton said, “If you have car issues, kid-setting issues or mental or emotional issues please don’t waste my time or yours.” She also said, “I can’t by law say I would prefer a woman or gay woman, so I won’t.”
Another apparent disqualification is if you worked at this location for the previous tenant.
However, Clayton made it clear those with a felony record are welcome as long as the conviction wasn’t for “theft or inappropriate child stuff.”
Several people took to their keyboards, upset and calling it discrimination.
KRQE News 13 went to the cafe Friday, but no one was there, so we called the number on the post.
Clayton then sent us a statement calling the post terribly misunderstood and saying in part that she is no way trying to discriminate and that her intentions are the opposite.
Instead, she was trying to help the most discriminated against groups.
Clayton also explained the job comes with intense pressure and that she needs the most capable people for it.
However, Adrianna Sanchez says she still won’t be visiting the new eatery.
Megan Clayton’s Full Statement:
In response to the terribly misunderstood employment post Honey Bears Cafe has this to say we are a family owned and operated business and in NO WAY trying to discriminate against anyone for any reason. We were simply trying to help by attempting to hire the most discriminated against groups something dear to our hearts. We wanted women, gays and felons to know they are welcome and encouraged to apply, that we are hiring and willing to pay a fair wage. Our intentions are the total opposite of what people are saying. Anyone who has ever worked a busy food line knows the intense pressure emotionally and mentally that puts on a person. The East mountains wants and deserves the best possible food and service. In an attempt to provide that we need the most capable people for the job. We are willing to hire anyone qualified regardless of age, sex, religion etc we are an all inclusive restaurant and horrified people would assume we were discriminating in anyway that is not indicative of the company we are.