Company that posted discriminatory ‘whites only’ job posting settles with federal government

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(NEW YORK) – A company that posted a discriminatory job posting seeking only white candidates has been fined by the federal government and has reached separate agreements with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Labor, according to officials.

Arthur Grand Technologies, an IT services company based in Virginia, posted a discriminatory job posting in March 2023 that limited eligible candidates to “only US-born citizens (white) who are local within 60 miles of Dallas, Texas (do not share with candidates),” according to a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

“An investigation by OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) revealed that in April 2023, Arthur Grand Technologies advertised on a public online recruiting website an opening for a business analyst position with its sales and insurance claims team in Dallas,” the department said . of Justice in their statement. “The ad includes a bold note that reads ‘Only native born US citizens (white) local within 60 miles of Dallas, Texas (do not share with candidates).’ The position, the announcement said, would serve two customers: HTC Global, an information technology company based in Troy, Michigan, and Berkshire Hathaway, the multinational holding company based in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Justice Department also cited a separate case alleging another incident of discriminatory practices by Arthur Grand Technologies.

“In May 2023, the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IES) of the Civil Rights Division opened an investigation and determined that Arthur Grand discriminated on the basis of citizenship and national origin after a recruiter working for Arthur Grand’s subsidiary in India posted the advertisement had posted on the vacancy site. Indeed,” the DOJ said. “The advertisement was widely circulated on social media and generated several news articles. “Arthur Grand’s actions harmed individuals authorized to work in the U.S., including U.S. citizens born outside the United States and certain non-U.S. citizens, by unlawfully deterring them from applying for the position.”

As part of the Justice Department’s settlement with Arthur Grand Technologies, the IT company has been ordered to pay a civil penalty to the United States, and the agreement also requires Arthur Grand to train its staff on the INA’s requirements ( Immigration and Nationality Act). is reviewing its employment policies and will be subject to departmental oversight in the future, officials said.

In the conciliation agreement with the Labor Department, Arthur Grand will also pay compensation to individuals who filed complaints with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the company “is committed to providing workplace-specific training to all company employees who engaging in recruitment, selection of candidates, or monitoring expressions of interest for open positions,” the DOJ said.

“The Labor Department’s agreement resolves its finding that Arthur Grand violated Executive Order 11246, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin ,” the DOJ said.

“It’s shameful that in the 21st century we still see employers using ‘whites only’ and ‘US born only’ job postings to exclude otherwise eligible candidates of color. I share the public’s outrage over Arthur Grand’s abhorrent and discriminatory ban on job applicants based on citizenship, national origin, color, and race,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The Department of Justice, working with other government agencies, will continue to hold employers accountable when they violate our nation’s federal civil rights laws.”

Acting Director Michele Hodge of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs said, “For the past 58 years, OFCCP has protected employees and job seekers from discrimination in the workplace. We are committed to holding federal contractors accountable for egregious discriminatory practices like this ad. Companies like Arthur Grand, who accept federal contracts, cannot have a ‘whites only’ hiring process.”

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