Recruiting Company Cynet Systems Advertises for ‘Caucasians Preferred’ and ‘Female Candidate Only.’ Here’s What Happened Next

by Evil HR Lady on April 29, 2019

It’s 2019, so you would think that everyone knows that companies cannot make hiring decisions based on race or sex, but it’s also 2019 so the whole world has gone crazy. So, I wasn’t entirely shocked when a friend sent me this job posting at Ashburn, Virginia-based recruiting firm Cynet Systems:

Note, under job description, it says “preferably Caucasian.” There is no way this is a legal request. Whether it came from the client (unnamed) or was put in by Cynet, it doesn’t matter. Another job listing asked for “female candidate only.” Cynet Systems is listed on the 2018 Inc. 5000, Inc.’s list of the fastest-growing, private companies in the U.S.

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grannybunny April 29, 2019 at 5:50 pm

It’s kind of hard to imagine that a new employee would be posting job listings with zero supervisory oversight.

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Dorothy April 29, 2019 at 6:43 pm

I’m with @grannybunny: This wasn’t a new employee. My guess is that this was deliberate vandalism.

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Kathy April 29, 2019 at 9:06 pm

I worked a good few years back for a recruiter that used code words in the job descriptions to indicate sexist/racist requirements without being quite this blatant. Employers often asked for men or women only, or even for specific women’s age, hair color, and measurements. If they simply threatened never to work with us again unless we sent only what they demanded, they thought we would make it happen and they could escape trouble over discrimination. Our boss was a “sell, sell, sell!” freak and she indeed made it happen. (I wasn’t there long, but the company is still in business.) Although this ad is appalling, it’s so easy for me to imagine the new guy at Cynet who has been drilled on “never lose a sale!” and “the customer is always right!” facing a demanding racist employer and thinking that he has no choice but to run an ad like this.

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MariaRose April 30, 2019 at 12:22 am

Definitely a “Whoopsie” mistake in today’s PC world, but there had to be something more behind the post, for it to have happened, like a really disgruntled employee, who felt they need to lash at this company.
But this brings up an issue, not discussed in this article, which is, in the limelight of total equality and the need for total inclusivity are we removing a certain application from individuals deliberately because of their “so-called” privilege. Call it reverse discrimination. It may be the reason this happened.

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BethRA April 30, 2019 at 3:26 pm

“Employee who was new” = “didn’t know to use appropriately coded language.”

I would bet money the “scapetern” who got fired wasn’t the person who came up with the racial and gender preference for the posting.

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grannybunny May 2, 2019 at 4:48 pm

That’s what I was thinking. A new employee is definitely easy to “throw under the bus.”

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Marie Cinolauro May 13, 2019 at 10:20 pm

OH PLEASE, GIVE ME A BREAK! I AM SURE THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THIS STORY, BUT OF COURSE FICTION HAS MORE SHOCK VALUE

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