It’s time to re-visit a subject that is not visited often enough with recruiters … discrimination.
I know of a recruiter employed by a staffing firm on the East coast who accepted a discriminatory job order from a “new” client. That new client was actually an investigator whose job it was to call staffing firms and see if they would take discriminatory job orders. What happened? Either management didn’t train sufficiently on this subject or the recruiter didn’t follow the law. The staffing firm was shut down by the Federal Government. That’s the very reason you want to take this issue seriously.
Whether you’re part of a staffing firm or work from home, follow the law!
It’s extremely important that you always refer qualified candidates to prospective employers without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin, marital status, veteran status, or the presence of non-job related medical conditions or handicap.
Please know what your responsibility as a recruiter is by understanding the federal laws: EEOC Laws & Practices
Make it your strictest policy to uphold these non-discriminatory guidelines because it is morally right and just, and it is also against federal law not to do so. If, when dealing with a client or candidate, any of these topics arise in a discriminatory manner, it is your legal obligation to inform the prospective employer that it is, in fact, against the law to discriminate, and that you (or your company) will not be able to do business with them unless all discriminatory requests are withdrawn
How to Handle It (keep this script by your phone):
“I realize that your request may simply be an error on your part, however, I must inform you that I cannot accept a discriminatory job order of any kind. I uphold the spirit and the letter of the law with regard to discrimination in all forms. I will do my best to send you the most qualified candidates who meet your essential job functions and skill requirements.”
If the prospective employer still insists on placing a discriminatory order, do NOT take it . . . no matter what! Do NOT allow yourself to be a victim of discriminatory hiring practices.
The EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) is the Federal Agency that mandates the laws concerning discrimination.
Until next time, keep moving forward.