Thursday, June 04, 2009

One Foul Job Ad

I have been following a thread on Immigration Voice for the last couple of days. It concerns a company posting an ad on Dice saying that the client is open to H1-B applicants as long as they are not Indians. No sugar coating there - those were the exact words used on the posting. Needless to say, there was a huge outcry over it and before the end of the day, the poor cog in the wheel sod who had posted the ad at the behest of the end client had been fired by his employer. Dice had pulled the ad off their site even before that had happened. At the time of this writing, the "end client" who had actually asked for non-Indian applicants only had not been touched by any of this.

The fact that stands out most prominently, at least in my mind, is that the company that posted the job ad on Dice is Indian owned and the recruiter in question is desi as as well. This is both a telling sign of the times as well as an example of abysmal depths companies like Abstar will sink to make a few quick bucks. It is no secret that shops like Abstar are owned and staffed by people who bring absolutely no skills to the table except having the legal status to set up shop in America - i.e the owner is typically a permanent resident or a naturalized citizen. Beyond that they operate like they were in an Indian sabzi-mandi selling vegetables (IT contractors) to customers ("end clients" and "preferred vendors to end client") at the best price they can get. Their business practices have about the same level of sophistication and require no better qualifications than what it takes a sabzi-wallah to set up shop at a mandi.

You don't expect the illiterate guy hawking potatoes in an Indian bazaar to have the discernment to judge what is appropriate to post on a public job board. So it does not surprise me at all that the recruiter had no qualms posting such a blatantly racist ad, I am very pleasantly surprised to see the desi brethren rise up in arms against it. We tend to far too accommodating, willing to look the other way and pretend what is happening does not touch us directly or generally be fatalistic about the hand dealt to us by Fate. It is reassuring to see that the we are still capable of collective outrage when outrage is the only acceptable response.


KeepingItSimple said...

The very fact that H1B are not considered is itself a 'bias'.

Protectionalism whether its by the MNS, Shiv Sena or anybody else is on the rise.

ggop said...

I don't understand why an Indian IT shop won't hire Indians. I thought these shops were famous for getting people from India on H1B and putting them on bench.

Did he mean he could sponsor H1 but since the quota for India ended he needed a non Indian?

Whatever the reason I agree - very stupid of him to have put up such a blatantly racist ad.

Anonymous said...

Well, not hiring H1-B is not a bias. H1-B is meant for jobs where the local talent is not available.

It could be simply that end client which was American airlines in this case does not want an Indian. And if you think biases against Indians or Asian do not exists then you are being too naive.