Cynet Systems, a tech staffing company based in northern Virginia, apologized on Sunday after a job listing posted online asked for “preferably Caucasian” applicants, according to CBS News. The company took the listing down and wrote that it "does not reflect our core values of inclusivity & equality."
The individuals responsible for the job description have since been fired, the company wrote on Twitter. The help-wanted ad was listed on Linkedin as well as other sites and recruited individuals for an account manager position in Tampa, Florida.
In the job description, the listing sought an applicant who is “Preferably Caucasian” with a “good technical background.” The posting sparked outrage on social media.
But even after being lambasted for the posting, Cynet Systems took two days to issue a statement, according to CBS affiliate WUSA-TV.
"We understand why some may have been upset seeing this listing, because we were too," said company co-CEO Ashwani Mayur. The company did not specify how long the job listing was advertised on websites.
"We are also looking at measures that could help us catch offensive or outside-of-policy ads before they ever go live to ensure this can't happen again," he continued. Mayur pointed out that both him and his fellow CEO are Indian-American and that 60 percent of his employees are minorities.
He said that employees are combing through all of its job listings "to ensure no similar issues exist."