A job seeker has been sent a message rejecting her application because her name was allegedly ‘ghetto.’ Hermeisha Robinson, in, Missouri, US, posted the insulting response to her application for a customer service representative role on social media. It has already gone viral, getting over 10,000 shares and 3,000 comments.
The firm in question claim the response was the result of hackers to their computer system. The ‘discriminatory’ response came from a person claiming to be called ‘Jorden Kimler’ of company ‘Mantality Health’ in response to a posting on job site Indeed.com.
It reads: ‘Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health. Unfortunately, we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names. We wish the best in your career search.’
When she posted the message, Hermeisha said she was ‘very upset’ and her ‘feelings are very hurt.’
She also claimed the company ‘discriminated against me because of my name’ and said ‘discrimination has to stop.’
Her Facebook post said: ‘I have a public service announcement I am very upset because today I received an email about this job that I applied for as a customer service representative at Mantality Health I know I’m well qualified for the position as they seen on my resume!
‘They discriminated against me because of my name which they considered it to be ‘ghetto’ for their company!
‘My feelings are very hurt and they even got me second guessing my name trying to figure out if my name is really that ‘ghetto’ I would like for everyone to share this post because discrimination has to stop!’
Jack Gamache, Clinic Director of the St Louis Mantality location, said: ‘Our Indeed account was hacked, that’s where everything was sent from. That’s all we can say right now because of the ongoing investigations.’
A statement issued on behalf of Ms. Robinson, through her legal representative Richard K. Dowd, of Dowd & Dowd, P.C. said: ‘Ms. Robinson is asking herself, as we all should be asking, why a business would so openly and brazenly announce and pursue a hiring policy that targets people because they are of colour rather than hire people based upon their desire to work and support their families.
‘We need to call out and address this kind of rank bigotry for the disgrace that it is in this country that stands for us all being created equal.’
Photo Credit: Hermeisha Robinson