A woman in St. Louis has posted a viral Facebook photo of an email she received from a company telling her she wasn’t hired because of her “ghetto” name.
On Monday, Hermeisha Robinson posted the screenshot of the email she received from an employee with Mantality Health in Chesterfield. Robinson said she applied for a customer service representative position and was “hurt” when she received the message saying, “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,’” she wrote on the post.
In addition to Robinson, Dorneshia Zachery also got the same email, reported KMOV.
"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 told KMOV.
While the company is not denying that the emails were sent, they believed it occurred after their job posting account on Indeed was compromised or a former employee gained access to their email system.
Mantality Health CEO Kevin Meuret says they think about 20 people got emails similar to Robinson's.
"This is not a reflection of who we are as a company," said Meuret. "This is deplorable."
Meuret told the St Louis Post-Dispatch they believe a disgruntled employee hacked their email system, pretending to be Joran Kimler, a real employee who "has nothing to do with hiring.”
The company has launched an investigation with job hunting website Indeed.com to locate the IP address of the email sender.
Indeed has since responded saying there is no evidence to support that hacking occurred:
“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.”