Really, Black women denied jobs because their names are ‘too ghetto’
Was Mantality Health's employment site hacked, as they claim, or nah? Several women received letters about their so-called "ghetto" names.
A Missouri Black woman claims she received a letter from Mantality Health denying her a job simply because her name was considered, well, “too ghetto.”
Hermeisha Robinson says she applied for a customer service job at Mantality Health in St Louis, when she received a shockingly blunt email from nurse practitioner Jordan Kimler.
“Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health,” the correspondence began before taking a sharp turn for the worst. “Unfortunately we do not consider candidates that have suggestive “ghetto” names. We wish you the best in your career search.”
Monday the 27-year-old shared the rejection letter on her Facebook, stating her feelings were “very hurt,” and “I would like for everyone to share this post because discrimination has to stop.”
Her post reached over 10,000 shares by the following day and prompted another woman named Dorneshia Zachery to come forward with a similar story.
“The company looked at my name and said we don’t care about what you’ve done in life your name is going is going to dismiss you completely,” Zachery said.
The local CBS news affiliate KMOV spoke with Jack Gamache from Mantality Health who said while their internal system was not hacked, their account at Indeed, a job posting website, was hacked.
Mantality Health CEO Kevin Meuret says they think about 20 people got emails similar to Robinson’s from the alleged hackers.
“This is not a reflection of who we are as a company,” said Meuret. “This is deplorable.”
Meuret claims the name at the bottom of the email is an employee who “has nothing to do with hiring and is a great employee.”
While local authorities say they are looking into the possibility the emails were sent by a disgruntled employee, Indeed has already responded saying there is no evidence to support that any hacking occurred.
“Account security is of utmost importance to Indeed and something that we diligently monitor,” their statement read. “Account holders are responsible for use of their password and we recommend frequent updates and complete confidentiality of your password. Our investigation into this particular account shows no evidence of compromise.”