August 20th, 2018 – Hermeisha Robinson, a black woman from Missouri, is speaking out after receiving a rejection email from a company explaining she wouldn’t get a job because she has a “ghetto” name.
Robinson shared her experience in a Facebook post last week saying she was well qualified for the position and hopes that exposing the rejection letter will help end this type of discrimination.
“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,” the rejection letter read.
Mantality Health maintains that their Indeed account was hacked by a former disgruntled employee. The St. Louis-based health center also acknowledged that the discriminatory email was sent to at least 20 women.
“The company looked at my name and said ‘No we don’t care about what you’ve done in life, your name is going to dismiss you completely,'” Dorneshia Zachery, who also received the rejection letter, told local affiliate KMOV.
“When I read the email I was just appalled,” Robinson added. “[My name] is just unique. It’s from my mom and my father.”
Kevin Meuret, CEO of Mentality Health, spent much of last week fielding questions from the media as he defended the company as well as the employee whose name was used in the rejection letter. While he tried to distance the company from any wrongdoing, he also acknowledged the anger of those affected saying he will reach out to them personally.
“The password for the outside job board site used by Mantality was compromised on August 13, 2018,” he told HuffPost in a statement. “We are currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrator and consider appropriate legal action. We share the anger and frustration of those who received these bogus emails. This is not a reflection of who we are as a company. This is deplorable.”
For their part, Indeed said that they found no evidence that their site was hacked.
“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.”
Robinson has acquired legal representation as the investigation continues.