An advertisement for a nursing position has created an uproar over a job specification listed in the ad–no Haitians. The ad was published in the Oct. 15 New City edition of the weekly Pennysaver.
Interim Healthcare Inc., an in-home nursing provider, was searching for a female nurse for a job in West Haverstraw in Rockland County. The ad read: “Laid back nurse, no Haitians,” and required the potential job applicants to have state certifications.
The Florida-based health care company apologized for the help-wanted ad. Interim Healthcare Inc.’s President Kathleen McNally wrote on the company’s Facebook page that the ad is “totally unacceptable and is offensive to us.”
She added that a review would be conducted to ensure that something like this does not happen again. “Please accept our sincere apology. In particular, we apologize to the entire Haitian community,” McNally said.
The Pennysaver Group explained Monday that the ad was published by mistake and it lacked “proper editing protocol.” The company’s chairman also offered apologies.
“We recognize the wording was highly offensive to our readers, executives as well as the employees of The Pennysaver and by no means does it reflect the opinions or feelings of the company,” the Pennysaver said.
The ad even made it to the state attorney general’s office, AP reports. On Monday, the office sent a letter to Interim Healthcare stating that the ad “violates federal and state civil rights laws that prohibits discrimination in hiring on the basis of national origin.”
Florence Pierre-Pierre of the Haitian American Nurses Association in Rockland was stunned by the ad. “I couldn’t believe that in this day and age this is still going on,” she told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones, CBS reports.
As of now, it is unclear who is responsible for the ad. State Sen. David Carlucci is having the state’s Labor Department investigate the situation.