The US assistant attorney general, Kristen Clark

US Tech Firm Fined for Discriminatory Job Posting

Arthur Grand Technologies, a Virginia-based IT services firm, has been fined $38,500 for a job advertisement that specified only white, US-born applicants. The US Department of Justice announced the penalty, stating the ad violated federal civil rights and labour laws.

The controversial job posting, made in March 2023 by a recruiter in India working for Arthur Grand’s subsidiary, appeared on Indeed and specified that only “Born US Citizens [White]” within 60 miles of Dallas, Texas, should apply. The posting was intended to embarrass the company, according to the Justice Department.

Arthur Grand will pay $7,500 in civil penalties to the US Treasury and $31,000 in compensation to individuals who filed complaints about the ad. Additionally, the firm must train employees on the US Immigration and Nationality Act, revise its employment policies, and undergo monitoring by the Justice Department.

US Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke condemned the job posting as “shameful,” emphasizing that federal contractors cannot engage in discriminatory hiring practices. Michele Hodge, acting director of federal contract compliance at the US Labor Department, echoed these sentiments.

In response to the fine, Arthur Grand’s CEO, Sheik Rahmathullah, denied any wrongdoing by the company. He explained that the ad was posted by a disgruntled employee using a personal email account, and that the employee has since been terminated.

Arthur Grand Technologies, which has been serving federal and commercial clients since 2012, expressed its commitment to preventing similar incidents in the future.

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