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Help wanted ad discriminates against Haitians, sparks outrage

Outrage over help wanted ad by healthcare company

Florida-based healthcare company Interim HealthCare Inc. is under fire after posting what appears to be a discriminatory help wanted advertisement in a New York newspaper.

The company's ad for a female nursing position required that applicants be laid back and have proper certifications, but also specified that "no Haitians" need apply.

Interim HealthCare did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The ad, which appeared in Rockland County Pennysaver, sparked outrage in the local community and on social media.

The Rockland County Human Rights Commission is slated to launch an investigation at the behest of the county executive, Ed Day, according to the Pelham Daily Voice.

Alongside Day, New York State Senator David Carlucci blasted the health care company on Twitter, "I am calling on the NYS Dept of Labor and the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission to conduct a full investigation."

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"We deeply apologize to our readers and the Haitian community for the ad that appeared in the 10/15 issue of the Rockland Pennysaver. The ad was mistakenly published without proper editing protocol," The Pennysaver Group said in a statement. "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."