Jobseeker finds abusive voicemail mocking her tattoos and fake tan left by recruiter who failed to hang up the phone properly


A JOBSEEKER received an ‘upsetting’ voicemail mocking her tattoos and fake tan after a recruiter failed to hang up the phone properly.

Lily Rose-Wilson heard employer Michelle Lines tell a colleague she had liked the 25-year-old’s application before seeing her appearance on her Facebook profile.

 Lily Rose-Wilson found out she'd lost out on a job for taking too many selfies
Lily Rose-Wilson found out she’d lost out on a job for taking too many selfies
 The 25-year-old Londoner had been searching for a job in Perth, Australia for months
The 25-year-old Londoner had been searching for a job in Perth, Australia for months

Ms Rose-Wilson is originally from London and had been looking for work in Perth, Australia for months.

She applied for an admin job at SHS Health, and said she never thought her social media profile could hurt her chances.

“The thing that really gets me is that she loved my resume, she really liked my resume, I could have been a possible candidate for that job until she saw my photos on Facebook,” she told Aussie news show A Current Affair, who obtained a recording of the voicemail.

“I was obviously a clear applicant for that job yet she wasn’t going to give me a chance, she wasn’t going to call me in because of my looks, because of my tattoos and that’s just not right … that really upset me.”

In the recording, Ms Lines can be heard discussing Ms Rose-Wilson’s Facebook photos with a male colleague.

“Not answering the phone now,” Ms Lines says.

Her colleague suggests she’s “probably getting another tattoo”, to which Ms Lines responds, “She’s probably doing her fake tan.”

The male asks, “Did you really like, Facebook stalk?”, and Ms Lines says, “That’s what you got to do, babe”. “Yeah, well it’s very thorough, good on you,” he replies.

They then admit that if it were a male applicant, they wouldn’t be checking out his photos. “Yeah, if it was recruiting a guy, a technician, nup,” the man says.

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Ms Lines replies, “Like here she is right, she looks really nice here. I said, like, we really liked the resume and then I looked at these and went aww. I don’t like her anymore. She’s taking selfies all the time.”

Ms Rose-Wilson said she didn’t think Ms Lines should lose her job but “I just want her to know how really it made me feel”.

“Whether it came from her or anybody, it’s pretty horrible to hear that, someone commenting on my looks the way that she did,” she told the program.

Confronted by a reporter outside Aldi, Ms Lines apologised for her comments. “I did just want to say sorry to Lily if I did hurt your feelings and it certainly wasn’t my intent and it was an immature moment for me in the office,” she said.

 Miss Rose-Wilson missed a call from recruiter Michelle Lines
Miss Rose-Wilson missed a call from recruiter Michelle Lines
 Ms Lines began disparaging the 25-year-old after failing to hang up properly

Facebook/Lily Rose-Wilson

Ms Lines began disparaging the 25-year-old after failing to hang up properly
 Ms Rose-Wilson had applied for an admin job at SHS Health

Facebook/Lily Rose-Wilson

Ms Rose-Wilson had applied for an admin job at SHS Health
 The recruiters were heard saying they wouldn't check the Facebook of a male applicant

Facebook/Lily Rose-Wilson

The recruiters were heard saying they wouldn’t check the Facebook of a male applicant
 The voicemail disparaged the job seeker's tan and tattoos

Facebook/Lily Rose-Wilson

The voicemail disparaged the job seeker’s tan and tattoos
 Ms Rose-Wilson never imagined images uploaded to social media could harm her career

Facebook/Lily Rose-Wilson

Ms Rose-Wilson never imagined images uploaded to social media could harm her career

A version of this story originally appeared on News.com.au.


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