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Healthcare Co. Under Fire For 'No Haitians' Help Wanted Ad

WEST HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- A Florida-based healthcare company has come under fire for using racial discrimination in help wanted advertisement posted in New York.

Interim Healthcare Inc.'s ad for a female nursing position in West Haverstraw explicitly stated "No Haitians" would be considered for employment. The ad was placed in a local Pennysaver.

"I am outraged at this blatant form of employment discrimination," New York State Senator David Carlucci said in a statement. "This company should be ashamed of itself, and Pennysaver should strongly reconsider running any job postings from Interim Healthcare in future publications."

Haitian American Nurses Association of Rockland County founder Berthilde Durfrene told CBS2's Hazel Sanchez that her jaw dropped when she first saw the ad.

"Why the Haitian nurses? And I started to think what could possibly trigger such a mean and disgusting thing from anyone," Dufrene said.

Dufrene posted the ad on her Facebook page, and is receiving support for Haitian nurses all across the country. They are demanding both Interim Healthcare and Pennysaver take responsibility.

CBS2 reached out to Interim Healthcare and Pennysaver, but they did not receive an immediate response.

Carlucci said he would be addressing a letter to the New York State Attorney General, the Department of Labor and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to request a full investigation.

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