When temp agencies fill orders for a worker of a certain race or gender, that’s illegal. So some use code words like “vanilla cupcake,” “country boys” or “blue eyes” to hide the discrimination. (Hint: Those are all codes for white workers.)
This segment digs into one staffing agency with branches across the South, where former employees said some clients demanded white workers. Others wanted Latinos.
Reveal’s Will Evans talked to dozens of former employees of Automation Personnel Services, who told him that this type of discrimination was common. Recruiters, office managers and sales reps from six states said Automation often would send out temp workers based not on their experience or skills – but because of their race, age or gender.
- Read: When companies hire temp workers by race, black applicants lose out
- Interactive: Can you guess how certain code words were used?