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A woman in Missouri was denied a customer service job because her name was too “ghetto.”
Her name is Hermeisha Robinson, 27, and the company she was attempting to work for is Mentality Health. Robinson shared the email she received from the company on her Facebook page. An email saying, “Thank you for your interest in the careers at Mantality Health. Unfortunately, we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names. We wish the best in your career search.”
“I have a public service announcement,” Robinson said on Facebook. “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,” She added “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.’”
The company’s CEO, Kevin Meuret, says that their email system was hacked, most likely by a former employee. Meuret says almost two dozen candidates have received emails from the hacker. He promised to pursue the issue to its fullest extent.
”We are currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrator and consider appropriate legal action,” Meuret said. “We share the anger and frustration of those who received these bogus emails.”
Written by Clarke Jones