Job Listing Shows Discrimination is Still Alive

Job Listing Shows Discrimination is Still Alive

A tech company posted a job looking for applicants “preferably Caucasian.” Do you think we’ve become dumber as a whole?

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Being that we are in 2019, one would assume that racism in the workplace would not be as big an issue as it was in the past. But, some instances remind us that a handful of people may still be living in the past.

An IT staffing and recruitment agency from Virginia called Cynet Systems was recently under fire for a LinkedIn job posting of theirs.

The position was for a “mid-senior level business development” professional, but it was one of the qualifications on the listing that drew the ire of the public.

The job description read “Preferably Caucasian who has good technical background including knowledge of RPA.”

Not only can that come off as offensive, but it is illegal as well. Preventing employment based on race or color is unlawful.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it’s illegal to discriminate against an employee or applicant “because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.”

The firm was quick to do damage control, sending out a message on Twitter that read:

“Cynet apologizes for the anger & frustration caused by the offensive job post. It does not reflect our core values of inclusivity & equality. The individuals involved have been terminated. We will take this as a learning experience & will continue to serve our diverse community.”

Cynet Systems CEO, Ashwani Mayur, eventually followed by delivering a statement informing the public that the employees responsible for the listing, wrote it so, outside of the company’s policy and have since been terminated.

“First we would like to say simply that we truly regret the fact that individuals formerly employed by Cynet Systems went outside of company policy and included an inappropriate requirement in a job listing. We understand why some may have been upset seeing this listing, because we were too. It is a long-standing policy for our company to refuse any request to list jobs only seeking candidates of any specific ethnicity, gender, or other inappropriate restrictions, and we will turn clients down if they demand requirements of this type be included. Further, Cynet Systems itself is proud to be an immensely diverse company. Both of our owners are Indian-Americans, our workforce is over 60% minority, and we are certified as a diversity supplier by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

The individuals involved in this case were terminated immediately for a significant violation of company policy, and we have already begun a review of all currently existing and upcoming ads to ensure no similar issues exist. We are also looking at measures that could help us catch offensive or outside-of-policy ads before they ever go live to ensure this can’t happen again.”

In situations such as these, being a staffing agency, Cynet Systems advertises precisely what their client requests. This one reportedly came from a Tampa Bay-based pharmaceutical company.

Regardless, for a company that made 2018 Inc. 5000’s list of the fastest-growing, private companies in the U.S., this is the type of publicity you may want to avoid as a young company that is still trying to establish its footing. You can read more about this story on CNN.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

A tech company posted a job looking for applicants “preferably Caucasian.” Do you think we’ve become dumber as a whole?

45% N – dumb mistake
55% Y – this is bad
50% N – dumb mistake
50% Y – this is bad
35% N – dumb mistake
65% Y – this is bad

N – dumb mistake

Y – this is bad

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