Help wanted: "Laid back nurse, no haitians, must have strong respiratory mngt." Yep, you read that right. No Haitians need apply. Interim Healthcare posted the ad in the Rockland Pennysaver in New York last week, prompting double-takes, outrage, a public apology from the company, another one from the Pennysaver, and an investigation by the state Attorney General's Office, reports CBS New York and the Westchester Journal News. All are promising to figure out who wrote the ad and how it ended up in print unquestioned.
The head of a local Haitian community group has an additional beef: The ad writer couldn't even bother to capitalize "haitians"? "Even the way they put the ad is insulting." Interim pledges an independent review—and the state wants it all documented. "The ad in the Pennysaver for an LPN is totally unacceptable and is offensive to us, and we know to all of you," says the company president.