Healthcare Company Under Fire for Help-Wanted ‘No Haitians’ Application (UPDATED)

A healthcare agency in Florida has drawn controversy after placing a help wanted advertisement that discriminates against Haitians in a New York newspaper.

Interim Healthcare Inc. placed the ad in the local Pennysaver newsletter, looking for a registered “laid back nurse” with promises of weekly pay, but also explicitly says “no Haitians.” Berthilde Dufrene, founder of the Haitian American Nurses Association, posted the ad on Facebook alongside a message of outrage.

“Why the Haitian nurses? And I started to think what could possibly trigger such a mean and disgusting thing from anyone,” Dufrene asked.

Dufrene’s message blasted the “indifference and carelessness” a health institution could show, and has demanded an apology from Interim and Pennysaver. New York Senator David Carlucci also expressed outrage at the workplace discrimination, and said that the paper should highly reconsider ever running Interim ads ever again.

“I’ll be calling on the commissioner of labor and the attorney general to do a thorough investigation to make sure that this form of racism, this form of discrimination is not tolerated in our state at all,” Carlucci said.

You can watch a report in the video above, via CBS.

UPDATE 12:22 P.M. EST NBC Chicago reported that Interim Healthcare President Katherine McNally offered an apologetic statement for the ad, and said they would review and reconfigure their advertisement procedures.

“We value the diversity of our patients and our employees. The ad in the Pennysaver for an LPN is totally unacceptable and is offensive to us and we know to all of you,” McNally wrote. “I can assure you that we take this seriously. Please accept our sincere apology. In particular, we apologize to the entire Haitian community.”

[h/t Raw Story]
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