Recruitment co left red-faced over ad posting
Virginia-based staffing firm Arthur Grand Technologies, Inc. revealed on Wednesday that a former employee was responsible for altering and reposting a job advertisement with racist language, seeking only white U.S. citizens as applicants for a job in Dallas. The advertisement, which specified Berkshire Hathaway was seeking only white candidates, went viral on social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit after being posted on Indeed.
The company clarified that the job posting was not authorized or posted by active Arthur Grand employees, and that a former employee edited an existing posting, added discriminatory language, and reposted the position through his own account.
The company issued a statement saying, “The moment this was brought to our attention, we worked with the job portal to remove this offensive job posting.”
The company says it has taken legal action against the former employee who was responsible for posting on Indeed. However, the company did not provide any further details about the legal proceedings.
In the wake of the incident, Arthur Grand has also removed its social media pages and website.
The discriminatory ad caused a stir on social media, particularly on Reddit, where users expressed outrage and vowed to report the company for discrimination. Many shared email addresses for organizations such as the Texas Workforce Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
One top post on Reddit condemned the ad as "illegal and nauseating" and included a screenshot of the listing: