In the U.S., it’s illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and other factors.
Discrimination based on one’s name (which could easily signify one of these factors) is illegal as well…but that doesn’t mean it never happens.
A recent CNNMoney.com article highlighted the plight of unusually named job-seekers. Here are a couple of examples from the article:
- A man named Glenn Miller (yup, after the famous jazz musician) says his job interviews often start with a joke. He believes he isn’t taken seriously because of his name.
- A woman named Nakores Sameita says her name prompts questions about her immigration status. She’s a U.S. citizen, but feels her name puts her at a disadvantage.
Have you ever experienced discrimination because of your name?