IT Staffing Firm Settles Over Discriminatory Job Posting, Denies Wrongdoing – Full Story Here!

Ashburn, Virginia – The U.S. Department of Labor and the Justice Department have reached an agreement with Virginia-based IT staffing firm Arthur Grand Technologies Inc. after uncovering a discriminatory job posting. The settlement comes after a job listing from the company included race and citizenship requirements, along with a directive not to share it with candidates.

Under the terms of the agreement, Arthur Grand will pay a civil penalty of $7,500 and provide a total of $31,000 to 31 individuals who raised concerns about the posting. The minority-owned company, also designated as a disadvantaged business and a federal contractor, will undergo monitoring to ensure compliance with anti-discrimination laws.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division expressed dismay over the use of discriminatory job postings in the modern era. Clarke emphasized the importance of preventing employers from excluding qualified job candidates of color through such practices.

Arthur Grand Technologies has stated that it neither admits nor denies any wrongdoing in the issue. CEO Sheik Rahmathullah denied any guilt on the company’s part, attributing the discriminatory posting to a rogue employee within the organization.

The controversial job posting, which explicitly mentioned race and citizenship requirements, caused outrage and accusations of discrimination when it circulated online. The post specified that only white U.S. citizens living within a certain distance from Dallas, Texas should apply for the position of Salesforce Business Analyst and Insurance Claims.

Federal agencies found that Arthur Grand’s listing violated the Immigration and Nationality Act and breached an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminatory practices based on race and national origin. In addition to these violations, the company also failed to maintain records tracking demographic information of job applicants and did not post notices of workers’ equal employment opportunity rights in visible locations.

Acting Director Michele Hodge of the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs criticized the discriminatory practices uncovered in the investigation, affirming the government’s commitment to holding federal contractors accountable for such behavior. The company’s agreement with the Labor Department includes provisions for informing complainants about the resolution and ensuring their compliance with the terms of the agreement.

Arthur Grand Technologies maintains its stance of denying any wrongdoing related to the discriminatory job posting, attributing it to an unauthorized action by an employee. The company has taken steps to prevent similar incidents in the future, including the termination of the responsible employee.

In its settlement agreement, the Justice Department acknowledged Arthur Grand’s denial of approving the discriminatory job posting. The company claimed that the problematic advertisement was created by a disgruntled recruiter in India with the aim of causing embarrassment to the company.

Arthur Grand Technologies, headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, is an IT staffing firm known for its representation of people of color in leadership positions. The company is certified as a Small Disadvantaged Business among federal contractors, requiring ownership by disadvantaged individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged.