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March 03, 2010

An employer is apologizing after a help-wanted advertisement was published with a sentence that indicated “arrogant Americans” would be a bad fit for the company's open position, Fox News reports.

The ad, which was placed with CareerBuilder by a staffing firm on behalf of Exelon Nuclear Partners, started off simple enough, saying Exelon was looking for a technical writer who would be working with Chinese businesses. The ad indicated the company preferred a candidate “who is respectful and understands Chinese culture.”

Then, there's the line that grabbed the attention of Fox News.

“An arrogant American will not work well in this role," the ad read.

In apologizing, Exelon said a third-party had created the language that was included in the ad and that copy was never approved by Exelon.

“Exelon was surprised and very disappointed to see this job posting including this offensive and inappropriate language," the company said in a statement to Fox News. "This statement was not approved by Exelon and in no way reflects the company's policies and values. We regret that this language appeared in recruiting materials that were prepared by a third party and not approved by Exelon. We apologize for this error and the offense it has caused. We are taking steps to ensure this does not happen again. Exelon is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, and we make every effort to attract and retain talent of all backgrounds."

The ad has been removed from CareerBuilder, but Fox News has a copy.

Source: Fox News

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