A hiring company posted a job looking for 'preferably Caucasian' candidates. It now says it fired the employees responsible.

Helena McCabe/TwitterThe job listing asked for ‘preferably Caucasian’ candidates.

  • The staffing firm Cynet Systems apologised for a job listing for “preferably Caucasian” candidates for an IT job.
  • The company said it fired the employees responsible for the posting.
  • “Cynet apologizes for the anger & frustration caused by the offensive job post,” the company wrote. “It does not reflect our core values of inclusivity & equality.”
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A staffing firm said it fired the employees who were responsible for a racist job listing that asked for “preferably Caucasian” candidates.

The firm, Cynet Systems, helps companies find employees by creating job listings and finding candidates for different positions. In a LinkedIn post Sunday night, it said the listing – which was for an information and technology services job in Tampa, Florida at a pharmaceutical company – did not represent the company’s values.

“Cynet apologizes for the anger & frustration caused by the offensive job post,” the company wrote. “It does not reflect our core values of inclusivity & equality. The individuals involved have been terminated. We will take this as a learning experience & will continue to serve our diverse community.”


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On Friday, Twitter user Elizabeth Wimberly first tweeted about the listing, trying to bring it to the attention of LinkedIn and media organisations. It also drew the attention of programmer Helena McCabe, which brought it more widespread attention.

LinkedIn said it was “looking into” the listing.

It’s not clear how the listing was posted in the first place. A representative for Cynet Systems didn’t immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.

The company’s website, however, highlights its “Supplier Diversity Program,” which helps minority-owned businesses find employees.

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