A Virginia technology company will pay a civil fine over a discriminatory “whites-only” job posting, according to the Department of Justice

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US Department of Justice in Washington, DC in 2023.



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Virginia will pay a sum $7,500 civil fine After being fined by the Ministry of Justice for a discriminatory job advertisement.

According to the Ministry of JusticeIn March of 2023, Arthur Grand Technologies Inc., an information technology services company based in Ashburn, Virginia, posted a job advertisement for the position of Business Analyst.

The post was shared on an online public employment site and read, “Only citizens born in the United States [white] Who are local within 60 miles of Dallas, Texas [Don’t share with candidates]”.

This publication prompted the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labor to begin investigations. The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) launched its programs in April 2023, and the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (IER) in May 2023.

“Arthur Grand Technologies strongly denies any guilt or wrongdoing in relation to the discriminatory job advertisement that appeared in March 2023,” Sheikh Rahmatullah, CEO of Arthur Grande Technologies, said in an email to CNN.

“This unauthorized posting was made by a dissatisfied PIP employee from his personal email address and account. Upon discovery, we took immediate and decisive action to ensure this type of incident does not occur again, including the immediate dismissal of the employee responsible.” .

Thursday, the Justice Department announced a separate Agreements With the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Labor.

The Department of Justice’s agreement with the company resolves the agency’s determination that Arthur Grand violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by posting a discriminatory job advertisement.

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In the Ministry of Justice press release“It is shameful that in the 21st century, we still see employers using ‘whites only’ and ‘Native born only’ job advertisements to exclude otherwise qualified job candidates,” said Christine Clark, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. color.”

“The Department of Justice, in cooperation with other government agencies, will continue to hold employers accountable when they violate our nation’s federal civil rights laws,” Clark added.

According to the Department of Justice press release, Arthur Grand will also be required to “train his employees on INA requirements, review his employment policies and submit to departmental monitoring.”

“Companies like Arthur Grand, which accept federal contracts, cannot have a ‘whites-only’ hiring process,” said Michelle Hodge, acting director of the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

Within the framework of reconciliation with the Ministry of Labor an agreement, Signed by Arthur Grand CEO Sheikh Rahmatullah, the company will also pay compensation to individuals who filed complaints with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).

“Arthur Grand Technologies is proud to be a minority-owned company,” and “these agreements should not be construed as an admission of guilt or wrongdoing on the part of Arthur Grand Technologies,” Rahmatullah said, adding: “We deeply apologize for any harm caused by Arthur Grand Technologies.” Grand Technologies. This incident and we are committed to making meaningful changes to maintain the trust of our community and stakeholders.

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