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Updated: August 26, 2016

Job recruiter says women should hide engagement ring during interviews

File photo of a woman with engagement ring
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File photo of a woman with engagement ring

By Zach Dennis

A job recruiter started waves after he posted an article on LinkedIn last week detailing why a woman should avoid wearing her engagement ring to job interviews. The post sparked rebuttals from female users on the site.

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The post was made on LinkedIn by Bruce Hurwitz, who said that women should avoid wearing engagement rings to interviews because it "sends the message that she's high maintenance," according to Mashable.

"When a man sees that ring he immediately assumes you are high maintenance," he wrote in the post. "When the woman at the office who has the largest diamond on her finger, sees that ring, she will realize that if you are hired she will fall to second place and will, therefore, not like you.  Lose the ring!"

Many LinkedIn users took offense to Hurwitz's advice with one user calling it "misguided, petty, and misogynistic" and another saying it is "ridiculous and it makes women sound petty and small," according to Mashable.

Hurwitz published a follow-up post that related the engagement ring advice to having men avoid wearing expensive watches and made a final post titled, "How to Watch a Viral Article on LinkedIn," Mashable reports.

"In a perfect world we would be judged solely on our professional qualifications.  It is not a perfect world.  And our behavior is relevant in a job interview," he stated in the final post. "Behavior includes what you wear to an interview and, whether you like it or not, how you behave on-line.  Except if it is for religious or health purposes, or a consequence of sexual orientation, an employer can reject an employee based on what they are wearing.  They can always be rejected based on how they act."

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