Singapore — The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore has taken action against 15 firms after they were caught placing discriminatory job advertisements.
The MOM has banned the companies from hiring new foreign workers for six months, and they were ordered to put up online apologies for 30 days.
In the ads, the businesses had mentioned specific job requirements such as age, gender or nationality, but could not provide valid justifications for doing so.
Of the 15 firms, 11 are employment agencies. They are: Wanco Manpower, RGF HR Agent, Chiu Teng Enterprises, Cayman Management Consultants, Renaissance Management Services, Talent2 Singapore, Singapore Human Resource Consultants, Imag Global Resources, New Channel Manpower International and Ministry of Recruiters, reported The Straits Times.
The other four companies are: La Fondue, Linny Service and Supplies, IPM Global Solutions and Link-8 Security.
The MOM has now taken action against a total of 27 companies for discriminatory hiring practices since March of 2013.
The MOM issued a statement which said that all employers doing business in Singapore are required to comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices issued by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair Employment Practices, and the MOM takes non-compliance with the guidelines seriously.