Need to Fill an Open Position? Here's How to Avoid Making (Negative) Headlines

May 23, 2019 | From HRCalifornia Extra

by Jessica Mulholland, Senior Editor; and
Erika Frank, J.D.; Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel

At the end of April, a Virginia-based company took social media by storm for seeking a “preferably Caucasian” individual for one of its open positions — a move that infuriated social media users (and rightfully so), who took to Twitter, Facebook and the like to share their frustrations with the blatantly discriminatory move.

It took a few days, but the company issued an apology statement, acknowledging its job posting’s upsetting nature and confirming that the individuals responsible were terminated. More importantly, the company needed to figure out what went wrong — how did this even happen?

Mistakes happen, but sometimes those mistakes can cost a company reputational and financial harm, to name just a few. Here’s a list of things to avoid when advertising or recruiting for your open positions so your company stays out of the news. 

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