A St. Louis woman on the job hunt recently screenshot her response from a potential employer who deemed her name too “ghetto” for hire.
Hermeisha Robinson posted the image of the email she received from an employee with Mantality Health to her Facebook account on Monday. After applying for a customer service representative position, she was “hurt”’ to read the company’s reply.
“Unfortunately, we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ghetto names.”
“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,’” Robinson wrote in the post.
Another Black woman, Dorneshia Zachery, received the same rejection letter from Mantality Health, according to KMOV.
“The company looked at my name and said we don’t care about what you’ve done in life your name is going to dismiss you completely, ” Zachery said.
Mantality Health did not deny the emails were sent, but police are looking into the possibility that they may have been the work of a disgruntled employee who hacked its job posting account on Indeed.
“This is not a reflection of who we are as a company,” said CEO Kevin Meuret. “This is deplorable.”
In its response, Indeed said there was no evidence to suggest the account was hacked.
“Account security is of utmost importance to Indeed and something that we diligently monitor. 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.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.