Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

This Internship Requested Bikini Pictures From Women With Their Job Applications

This Internship Requested Bikini Pictures From Women With Their Job Applications

A nuclear plant in the Czech Republic is under fire for holding a contest on Facebook that saw 10 women vie for a two-week internship.

The company posted 10 images of high school graduates dressed in swimsuits and posing in the Temlin nuclear power plants' cooling tower.

In a move as outdated as their energy source, a nuclear power plant had the sexist idea to hire its new interns based on how they looked in a bikini. The company (named CEZ) then uploaded the pictures of the undoubtedly qualified applicants to their Facebook page and asked the general public to vote for their favorites.

'We think photographs are very tasteful. "Undress and you get an internship - this cannot be serious, it's degrading, disgusting and primitive", one Facebook user commented on the post, according to Deutsche Welle.

Another is quoted as saying: "Knowledge obviously does not matter".

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"The competition is absolutely outside the bounds of ethics", human rights lawyer Petra Havlíková said.

The company claimed the contest was a continuation of previous programs implemented for cultural enrichment, German news outlet Deutsche Welle reports.

"The fans on the Facebook page of the Information Centre Temelin could cast a vote on the Facebook page and choose a girl that would receive a short internship according to her preferences", the spokesman said.

"The objective of the competition was to promote technical education", it wrote.

But bosses were forced to apologise and scrap the unique recruitment process after a social media backlash. "But if the original vision raised doubts or concerns, we are very sorry", the post further read.

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