A job seeker shared a post on Reddit about a bizarre rule imposed by a company during the hiring process. The company asked the applicant to confirm that they would only consume vegan food while on office premises. The applicant shared a portion of the email, questioning whether such a requirement could be forced upon them or result in not being hired.
Strictly Vegan Workplace
The email from the company stated, “Thanks for your application. To help us shortlist, please reply to the following question: Our workplaces are strictly vegan. You do not have to be vegan away from work, but you do need to bring a vegan lunch and have plant milk to eat on-site or eat lunch off-site. Can you confirm you are fine with this?”
Viral Response and Criticism
The Reddit post gained significant attention, accumulating over 50,000 upvotes and attracting numerous comments criticizing the company’s unusual demand. One user mentioned that a vegan market in their area also implemented similar rules for employees to avoid the risk of cross-contamination from non-vegan lunches. Another user suggested avoiding the company due to potential additional unreasonable requirements. However, a user argued that private companies have the right to set rules as long as they don’t violate protected categories such as gender, religion, or disability.
Personal Boundaries and Employment
Opinions on the matter varied, with one user expressing their refusal to work in a place that dictates their dietary choices and potentially encroaches on other aspects of their personal life. They recommended responding to the email with a polite decline. It’s worth noting that the company’s requirement pertains only to meals consumed on the premises during working hours.
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