Pub defends turning teenager away from job interview
A BOSTON pub has defended itself against accusations of unfair treatment to a job applicant who was turned away from his interview.
Daniel Wilder, 18, claimed he was turned away at his interview for a barman at J D Wetherspoon pub, The Moon Under Water on September 3.
As requested, he took along his birth certificate, driving licence and passport.
But as Daniel only has a 'registration' birth certificate that does not have his parents' names on, he was told he told he could not be interviewed.
Daniel said he had taken his passport and provisional driving licence with him and was accused of having a forged birth certificate.
But Wetherspoon officials has defended itself against these accusations.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: " The reason that Daniel Wilder was not offered an interview was simply that he didn't have the correct proof of right to work.
"He was told that the short copy of his birth certificate was not acceptable and the interviewer, a member of staff, told him the documents that were acceptable.
"When asked if he had his passport with him, he replied no. He did not say that he had a passport at home or that it was out of date, but led the interviewer to believe that he didn't possess one at all.
"He said that he had his provisional driving licence with him, but from Wetherspoon's point of view, it is not an acceptable proof of right to work document.
"We refute the fact that anyone involved with the interview stated that the short copy of his birth certificate was a forgery.
"It was clearly explained to Mr Wilder that without the correct documentation, the member of staff could not proceed with the interview at that time.
"It was also made clear that if he obtained the correct documentation then an interview could be rearranged at a later date.
"We are disappointed that the pub and its staff have been shown in a poor light, when, in fact, staff did everything correct in terms of company procedure and legal requirements."
But Daniel's dad Spencer said: "I can confirm that Daniel did have all the documents requested to take to interview with him.
"I am unable to see what other documents are needed to be eligible to work in the UK apart from a driving licence, a passport, a national insurance card and registration birth certificate. These same documents were used to gain Daniel his job with Macdonald's recently.
"I checked that Daniel had all appropriate documents in order to gain employment as this was his first interview.
"And contrary to what they have told the Target, they have neither contacted me nor Daniel to explain their actions."