ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. — If you look quickly enough, you may miss it, but the October 15 issue of the Rockland County PennySaver showed an ad seeking a female nurse and has one community angry and upset.
In lower case letters, mixed in among the job descriptions, it clearly stated Interim Healthcare Incorporated is looking for a "laid back nurse, but no Haitians."
The ad was brought to the attention of local state senator David Carlucci. Carlucci said he has worked with the growing Haitian population in this county. Haiti's President, Michel Martelly has even paid him a visit during his stay in New York for the UN General Assembly.
"This is so alarming in the 21st century," said Carlucci.
Spring Valley in Rockland County is said to have the largest concentration of Haitian Americans in the Northeast. Many in the community happen to work in the nursing industry.
Carlucci has gone as far as writing to the state attorney generals office asking the state to look into its own contracts with Interim. The state attorney office sent a letter to Intermin Healthcare stating that the ad was a civil rights violation.
Since the media attention from this story, PennySaver issued a statement on their website offering an apology to its readers and the Haitian community.
The circular said the ad was mistakenly published without proper editing protocol and has since been removed it from its website.
As for Interim Healthcare, the company issued its own apology calling the ad unacceptable and offensive.