A company has come under fire for being discriminatory in a job posting that appeared on LinkedIn.
Twitter user Helena McCabe spotted the listing, which asked for a “preferably Caucasian” person who had a good technical background.
“What’s with this?” McCabe said earlier this week in her tweet addressed to the company. “Your job listing for a mid-senior level business development position’s top qualification is ‘Preferably Caucasian.’ How could you POSSIBLY think that’s okay?”
Her tweet gained a lot of attention, and the company that posted the listing, Cynet Systems, has since apologized.
The company, which is based in Virginia, is a recruiting and staffing company and had published the listing for an unidentified pharmaceutical company.
“We understand why some may have been upset seeing this listing, because we were too,” Cynet Systems Co-CEO Ashwani Mayur said in a statement. “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.”
They also said that individuals now “formerly employed” by the company “went outside of company policy and included an inappropriate requirement in the job listing."
“Further, Cynet Systems itself is proud to be an immensely diverse company,” he said. “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 and Development Council,” the statement continued.
According to USA Today, Cynet Systems had also posted an ad that asked for a “female candidate only.” The listing has since been modified or deleted, the paper reported.