Is it right in saying, under EU regulations it is illegal to have a sexist approach when searching for employees when not properly mentioned?? a few days ago i applied for the position of virtual assistant with an english firm from an ad i saw on an expat classified site. on the job listing the only things they said they were looking for was "powerful computer, reliable broadband and to be intelligent and articulate" , so as i have all of those qualities , naturally i applied with my cover letter and resume. i got an email back from them today, they replied with: "I am really sorry but at this time we are only looking for female receptionists" . now i my be wrong, but i do seem to remember learning in school about these things and i recall it being quite illegal to be biased when hiring people when based on age, sex, religion and ethnicity.. could someone please just tell me if this is correct or not? i feel like sending them a nasty-ish reply but just wanna double check i'm right first thanks guys. edit: i would research this on my own but i don't really know how to word it in google..