Michael Fowler received an email from a recruitment consultant telling him ‘our positions exclude British candidates’ (Picture: Solent) A recruitment consultant has been fired for telling a lorry driver that he wouldn’t be given a job interview because he is British. Michael Fowler, 39, applied for the job eight miles away from his home in Salisbury, Witlshire. McDonald’s workers protest outside London HQ with boss ‘set for massive pay rise’ However, he received an email from Bulgarian recruitment consultant Plamena Ivanova saying ‘Our positions exclude British candidates’. Blu Global said that Ms Ivanova has now lost her job as a result of the email in which she said: ‘Hi Michael. Are you British because our positions exclude British candidates?’. The company said it was ‘completely shocked’ at what had happened. Mr Fowler applied for the job which was just eight miles from his home (Picture: Solent) Michael, who has been a driver for 12 years and had applied for the position on job-site Indeed, said it was advertised for drivers ‘to live and work in the EU’. The ad specified that applicants must be EU citizens and have a good level of English.
‘I was just gobsmacked,’ he said. ‘I thought I must have read the job advert wrong, but I hadn’t.’ A spokesperson for Blu Global confirmed Ms Ivanoa no longer worked for the company and said: ‘We refute any allegations that we, as a business, discriminate in any way against our UK-based applicants. ‘No candidate is denied a chance of employment based on their nationality, age, race, gender or sexual orientation. The email sent to Michael (Picture: Solent) ‘We can confirm that we continuously place candidates of European and British nationality with all of our past and present clients as we advertise for, and recruit, candidates both in the UK and across mainland Europe. Woman hid Kinder Egg surprise in her vagina to smuggle drugs into Creamfields ‘Any deviation from this policy, by any member of staff or any independent person or organisation acting under or using the Blu Global brand, is not supported in any way by the company. ‘We will fully investigate this allegation.’ Mr Fowler added: ‘I work for agencies all the time. I guess I was shocked because I’ve been doing this job for 12 years and you get drivers from everywhere. ‘I’ve never really experienced anything like this before, everyone works together normally.’