A US woman had her job interview cancelled after she had the gall to ask how much the position paid, and which benefits came with the position.
Taylor Byrnes tweeted that she was interviewing for a menu development job with American food delivery service 'SkipTheDishes'. After an initial phone interview, Byrnes asked over email what the hourly pay was.
She apologised in the initial email, saying "sorry, I just thought I should ask now. Thanks for your time and have a lovely day".
It was at that point the HR person she was emailing from 'SkipTheDishes' told her the second interview would be cancelled.
"Your questions reveal that your priorities are not in sync with those of 'SkipTheDishes," Ms Byrnes was told.
In a follow-up email, she was told that the company believes "in hard work and perseverance" as opposed to "focusing on compensation," and that she would likely not be a good fit.
"Our company culture may be unique in this way, but it is paramount that staff display intrinsic motivation and are proven self-starters," the email read.
Ms Byrnes called for a boycott of 'SkipTheDishes' on Twitter. Her followers reacted with outrage, calling the business out for punishing potential staff for wanting to know their worth. One Tweeter scathingly wrote "I guess wanting to eat is overrated these days," while another wrote "So asking about WAGES means you're not a self-starter/aren't motivated?"
Buzzfeed reported that 'SkipTheDishes' has since reached out to Ms Byrne to apologise and to offer her a second job interview.