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Employment agency fined $ 78,000 after uploading callous cleaning ads on Carousell

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The job agency SRC Recruitment was fined $ 78,000 on Tuesday (April 30) after posting insensitive ads for foreign domestic workers in the online market Carousell.

The posts in Carousell between September 1 and September 17, 2018 compared 49 domestic workers to commodities, the Labor Ministry said.

The company was fined $ 48,000 on Tuesday after it pleaded guilty on March 26 this year on 16 counts of violating the employment agency's licensing conditions by announcing workers "insensibly and casting them in an unworthy light ".

SRC has also been fined more than $ 30,000 on 29 counts of other employment offenses, including failure to administer security agreements and incomplete authorization forms for work-passing transactions.

A further 99 counts were counted for sentencing by the state courts on Tuesday.

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An agent who worked at the company became the first to be sued and sentenced in November 2018 for posting the posts on the online selling site.

MOM sent three alerts to employment companies in July 2014, November 2016 and February 2018 on the condition of the responsible advertising license.

Despite the reminders, SRC failed to "exercise sensitivity" in marketing its services and violated the license condition, the ministry said.

"MOM does not tolerate any offensive and insensitive advertising methods that negatively represent foreign domestic workers," said Employment Agency Commissioner Kevin Teoh.

"We remind all employment agencies of the need to maintain professional standards in the fulfillment of their obligations. MOM will not hesitate to take tough enforcement measures, including revocation of licenses, against erroneous EAs."

A license revocation notice was delivered to SRC.

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