Sign of a bad company

By Phil Plait | February 5, 2009 10:14 am

So a company in Austria has created an uproar because it tried to hire workers who were born under a specific star sign.

Uh, whut?

Evidently, they think that people born under the signs of Capricorn, Taurus, Aquarius, Aries, and Leo are the best workers; something about being an animal, I guess. Hmmm… do banks hire Tauruses when the markets turn down? Too bad Ursa Major isn’t a zodiacal constellation.

Here’s the company’s actual defense of this travesty of reality:

A statistical study indicated that almost all of our best employees across Austria have one of the five star signs.

Mind you, this is from an insurance company which should, in theory and in practice, understand statistics. I’d love to see that study of theirs.

The funniest part of this, though, is the brouhaha that ensued after the company advertised its desire for astrologically-based employees:

It was followed by a wave of protests from equality groups and led to an investigation by the country’s anti-discrimination authorities.

Equality groups? Anti-discrimination? Because of the time of year you were born?

Has anybody protested this practice because it’s, y’know, dumb?

Oh, which graphic to use? Decisions, decisions. OK, why not both?

The stupid, it burns

Yeah, that feels about right.

Tip o’ the wizard cap to BABloggee Spencer Cunningham.


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