Monday, June 17, 2024

Virginia Tech Company Receives Criticism for Discriminatory “Whites Only” Job Posting

Illegal Job Listing Discriminating Against Non-White Candidates Caught by U.S. Government

The U.S. Department of Justice has taken action against a Virginia company, Arthur Grand Technologies, for a discriminatory job listing that explicitly excluded non-White and non-U.S. born individuals. The job advertisement, posted by a recruiter working for an Arthur Grand subsidiary in India, restricted eligible candidates to “only US Born Citizens [white]” and those living within 60 miles of Dallas, Texas.

The discriminatory listing, which sparked outrage online and in the media, violated the Immigration and Nationality Act, according to the Department of Justice. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke condemned the company’s actions, stating, “It is shameful that in the 21st century, we continue to see employers using ‘whites only’ and ‘only US born’ job postings to lock out otherwise eligible job candidates of color.”

Arthur Grand Technologies denied approving the ad, attributing its placement to a disgruntled worker seeking to embarrass the company. As part of a settlement with the Justice Department, the company will pay a civil penalty of $7,500 and provide $31,000 in compensation to those who filed complaints with the Department of Labor.

This incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges of discrimination in the workplace and the importance of upholding anti-discrimination laws.

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