Doughnut Shop Gets Flack for Discouraging Applicants With Dietary Limitations

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Pip’s Original Doughnuts in Portland, Oregon, came under fire for a job posting that asked for applicants who can eat doughnuts
Vegans need not apply? Doughnut shop flagged for exclusionary job posting.

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Vegans need not apply? Doughnut shop flagged for exclusionary job posting.

Vegans and gluten-free job-seekers are hopping mad about the very specific job listing from Pip’s Original Doughnuts. The Portland, Oregon, doughnut shop specifically asked for employees who could actually taste the doughnuts. That means no vegans, gluten-free folks, or people with other dietary restrictions. The simple request has resulted in a lot of “fear and hate” directed at the small artisanal bake shop.

The posting specifically asked that those with "non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions” that would “stop you from tasting, accurately representing our treats and maintaining quality control,” to not apply for a job at Pip’s. In a Facebook post, Pip’s portrayed the amount of angry messages and one-star reviews they’ve received since posting the job online as “ridiculous:”

“As a small, locally owned business we feel that voluntary lifestyle, non-medical & non-religious dietary restrictions could seriously compromise our ability to make crucial decisions to assure food quality and safety. It's not discrimination, it's common sense.

This was NEVER about us versus vegans.

Though the fact that we serve meat naturally affects vegans, so equally does the fact that our serving nuts, dairy and gluten naturally precludes others with similar self-restrictive diets.

Here's another perspective: If one of our awesome vegan friends decided to open up a vegan restaurant which specialized in house made tofu, who in a million years would expect them to hire a vocal proponent of meat eating who also refused to eat their tofu?”

Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries do not list dietary preference as protected under employment laws, so it’s unlikely the case will go to court on charges of discrimination. 

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