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Is Flavorpill Practicing Age Discrimination?


This showed up in our inbox today, oddly enough labeled “contest,” although if you’re honest with yourself, isn’t every job a contest between you and the thousands of other applicants?

Either way: Flavorpill, the daily newsletter of fun things to do in your hometown, is opening up a branch in Melbourne, Australia and looking for a managing editor to oversee their content. Unfortunately, you don’t just have to be hip and cool to apply for this job, you also have to fit into a predetermined age range of 18-30, which would seem to go against the Age Discrimination in Employment act of 1967, but Australia’s passing of a similar bill only happened 5 years ago, and is a little more lax about pigeonholing their employees. Unfortunately, Flavorpill’s HQ is based in New York, meaning if someone wanted to take the the company to court over not getting the Melbourne position, they might have a fair shot at the case.

Unless by calling it a contest, instead of a job opening, the daily listings guide has found a way to bypass that tiny little hiccup.

Any HR gurus or employment attorneys out there want to weigh in?

UPDATE: Flavorpill co-founder and CEO Mark Mangan clarifies the age requirement: “The age range is related to visa requirements by the Australian government. And the work is part-time, ideal for a freelancer who wants to be Australia-based for a period of time. Flavorpill doesn’t ever discriminate based on age, or anything else.”

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Flavorpill Announces Public Launch of Daily Dose

fdailydosegg.pngYou may recall a while back we told you about Flavorpill‘s plan to launch the Daily Dose, a daily national email intended to provide a quick look at what’s new in music, print, art, film, and online. The email already boasts 100 thousand subscribers, and after some tinkering and refining it looks like they are ready to go large. Says Daily Dose editor Eli Dvorkin: “We designed the Daily Dose to contain six points of feedback, generating thousands of responses from around the world. With our public launch we’re proud to present a product that has evolved through close collaboration with our readers.”

Co-founder and CEO of Flavorpill, Mark Mangan adds, “We’ve found people like thoughtful, punchy writing delivered to them while they are at their desks. Just as the launch of Flavorwire opened us up to a broader national audience, The Daily Dose will let us interact with our readers every day and allow us to better leverage our cultural content.”

Flavorpill Goes National With a Daily Email

flvordail.pngJust a little over a month after launching their national blog Flavorwire, the folks at Flavorpill have decided to follow it up with daily national email called the Daily Dose. FBNY caught up with Flavorpill founder Mark Mangan who told us that the email had been in the works for a few months and that the goal was to be both quick and to provide the reader with “cultural things you want to consume and digest.”

It’s part of the same strategy we’ve always applied to the Flavorpill emails, which have always been about recommendation. This will be similar but more relevant in a daily way.

According to Mangan Flavorpill’s current sub-topics i.e., Art, Film, Free, More Flavor, Music, Performing Arts, and Reading will be rolled into the daily email, which will also provide links to things you can “look at, listen to, read and download.” We’re told the Daily Dose should be ready to go live within the next two weeks. Stay tuned!