Leo Burnett staffer tells freelancer she lost a job for sharing story about agency on Facebook

Leo Burnett Logo-2015The debate over hiring policies at Leo Burnett in Sydney appears to have taken a new twist after an employee of the agency told a possible contractor she would not be considered for work after sharing a news story criticising the agency on Facebook.

The freelancer shared a Daily Mail post about the furore surrounding Leo Burnett’s creative hiring announcement on her Facebook page with the message “Leo Burnett’s in the media for being a boys [sic] club #sexdiscrimination”, sparking a discussion among friends about the situation.

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However, one employee of Leo Burnett in Sydney, posted that she was not impressed: “We almost called you about some work today. But since you bad mouthed us without any knowledge of the female quota in the agency, we will think again. #burnthosebridges”.

Mumbrella has chosen not to name the employee who posted the posts or others involved in the exchange, which has since been deleted from Facebook.

The comment resulted in a number of other people joining the discussion asking what Leo Burnett wanted corrected in the post to which the staffer replied: “There’s nothing to correct. That’s my point!”

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Another commenter responded: “So why would you say you’ll think again about considering someone for work…that is hysterical”.

While it has been deleted the conversation, on an open Facebook profile, shocked some observers who took screenshots of the conversation and shared it with Mumbrella and equality campaigner Cindy Gallop, who has posted it on her Twitter feed.

Gallop’s focus on the issues has brought Leo Burnett to global attention, with PepsiCo’s president of global beverages wading in on Twitter saying the agency “needs adult supervision given how they are handling this” after the agency posted four tweets defending its position on Friday afternoon.cindy brad jakman leos

Leo Burnett responded to Mumbrella’s request for comment on Tuesday morning with CEO Peter Bosilkovski said the posting was an “emotional response” to the issue. See the full response here.

Simon Canning


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