Arthur Grand Technologies, a tech company based in Ashburn, Virginia, is under fire after sharing a job posting seeking to employ only born US citizens who are white and local within 60 miles from Dallas, TX. The posting was shared on several job websites, and the company has received significant backlash for its racist language.
The use of discriminatory language in job postings is not new in the United States. Historically, many companies have engaged in racially discriminatory hiring practices that have excluded people of color from job opportunities. Despite efforts to eradicate discrimination in the workplace, incidents like this continue to happen.
Arthur Grand Technologies initially claimed that the job posting was shared by a junior recruiter who had not received proper training. However, the company later changed its statement, saying that the posting was shared by an ex-employee who no longer worked for the company.
Nevertheless, the damage had already been done, and the company is now facing significant criticism.
Many people have taken to social media to express their outrage at the discriminatory language used in the job posting. Some have called for a boycott of the company, while others have demanded that the company issue a public apology.
“At Arthur Grand, we do not condone or engage in any type of discrimination based on race, color, or religion,” the company initially said on LinkedIn. “We conducted an investigation and discovered that a new junior recruiter at our firm was responsible for the offending job posting. We have taken immediate action and terminated their employment for violating our policy.”
The use of discriminatory language in job postings not only violates federal and state laws but also creates a hostile work environment for people of color, more specifically Black people. It sends a message that we are not welcome in certain industries or companies, which can have lasting effects on their career opportunities.
Arthur Grand Technologies has not issued a public apology for the posting. However, the company has taken down the job posting from its website and issued a statement denouncing the use of discriminatory language. The company stated that it does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.
“A former employee took an existing posting and added discriminatory language, then reposted it through his own account. The moment this was brought to our attention, we worked with the job portal to remove this offensive job posting. Necessary legal action has been initiated against the job poster,” the company said in its latest statement on LinkedIn, adding that it’s a “minority-owned company.”
The incident has once again highlighted the need for companies to prioritize diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. It is not enough to simply have policies in place to prevent discrimination; companies must actively work to create a workplace that is welcoming to people of all races, genders, and backgrounds.
The tech industry, in particular, has been criticized for its lack of diversity, with many companies struggling to attract and retain employees from underrepresented groups. Incidents like this only serve to exacerbate the problem and reinforce negative stereotypes about the industry.
In conclusion, Arthur Grand Technologies’ use of discriminatory language in its job posting has sparked outrage and drawn attention to the ongoing problem of discriminatory hiring practices in the United States. It is up to companies to take responsibility for their actions and actively work to create a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming to all.