Five job advertisements breaching the Sex Discrimination Ordinance yesterday cost a newspaper $7,000. The advertisements in Apple Daily between June and August last year had stated the required sex of applicants. This was a clear breach of the ordinance, said Equal Opportunities Commission lawyer Lawrence Law Tat-hung. The adverts, placed by Opal Advertising Agency, involved one for male bar staff at the Foreign Correspondents' Club, one for a male sales executive, two for female cleaners with a chicken restaurant and one for an assistant female accountant. When the commission contacted the newspaper about the adverts, the response was there had been 'a mistake', an 'oversight' and some ignorance of the regulations, Mr Law said yesterday. Apple Daily accepted liability for the breach. Opal was fined $1,000. District Court Deputy Judge Wong Hing-chun heard the newspaper had since improved scrutiny. The maximum penalties for the offence are $10,000 for the first advertisement and $30,000 for repeat adverts. Mr Law said the commission could not prosecute the employers unless an applicant complained.