US recruitment firm apologises after posting job listing for 'preferably Caucasian' employee

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A US recruitment firm has apologised after it posted a job listing seeking a candidate who was "preferably Caucasian."

Cynet Systems, a staffing agency based in Virginia posted the listing on LinkedIn.

Under the job description, the first requirement was "Preferably Caucasian."

The error was pointed out by a woman on Twitter, who posted a screenshot of the listing on Friday.

"Seriously, what's with this?" she wrote.

"What kind of company writes 'preferably Caucasian' on a job listing?"

The listing has since been deleted.

In a statement posted to Twitter on Monday, Cynet Systems apologised for the embarrassing blunder.

"Cynet apologises for the anger and frustration caused by the offensive job post," read the post.

"It does not reflect our core values of inclusivity and equality. The individuals involved have been terminated."

A second statement from the company's co-CEO Ashwani Mayur was posted on Tuesday.

He apologised again, reiterated it was not part of their values and explained they are an "extremely diverse company" with 60 percent of their workforce being minorities, and both owners being Indian American.

He says an investigation is underway to ensure there are no similar issues.