Emily Clow, a 24 year old women from Texas, recently applied for a marketing position at a company named Kickass Masterminds which helps entrepreneurs grow their business.
At first, the company appeared interested in Emily’s application and they asked her to fill out additional application materials. She completed the application process but when scrolling on her instagram she noticed the company had shared an image of her in a bikini to their Instagram story, presenting it as an example to other applicants of ‘what not to do’.
Kickass Masterminds shared the photo from Emily’s personal Instagram account and wrote:
PSA (because I know some of you applicants are looking at this): do not share your social media with a potential employer if this is the kind of content on it. I am looking for a professional marketer, not a bikini model.
Emily shared the image on Twitter, where she said she was ‘baffled’ by what the company had done and responded by saying
"I was objectified earlier today by a company because of a picture of me in a bikini. They claimed it made me an ‘unprofessional.’ They screenshot the photo, posted it on their insta story and called me out.. I am still baffled that the company handled it in such a manner" and "decided to go out of their way to shame an applicant."
Once she shared her story on Twitter, Kickass Masterminds changed their Instagram account to private while its website, Twitter and Facebook pages appear to have been taken down.
Explaining that she wanted to share the photo to show that not all companies are all what they claim to be and that bullying does happen in the work place, even if you don't work there.
"I thought this was a situation that I feel like a lot of women deal with on a daily basis when they’re they’re job hunting. I figured that, ‘Hey, I might as well talk about this,’ because if I talk about it I know someone else is going through this and we can start a conversation and see if there’s a way to fix the issue."