A woman received a shocking email rejecting her from a customer service job because her name was ‘too ghetto’.
Hermeisha Robinson, 27, of St Louis, Missouri, had applied for a customer service job at Mantality Health when she received an email which was signed by a nurse practitioner Jordan Kimler.
‘Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health. Unfortunately we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names,’ said the email. She urged people to share the message to shame the company’s racist email.
Robinson was named after her father, Herman, who died when Robinson was young.
‘Her mom loved that name,’ her cousin Miltina Burnett said. ‘She is not going to change it.’ Burnett said that Robinson had been in tears after she read the message.
‘It made her cry and question her name, whether she should change her name to fit in corporate America,’ she said.
Mantality Health, which provides testosterone replacement therapy for men, has since apologized to Robinson, and claim they were hacked.
Kevin Meuret, the owner of the company, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch that they believe a disgruntled employee hacked their email system, pretending to be Kimler.
The company has launched an investigation with job hunting website Indeed.com to locate the IP address of the email sender. They say about 20 job seekers received emails from the hacker.
‘I’m a father of three daughters and that young lady getting that (response) is horrible,’ Meuret said. ‘That young lady opened something that must have felt like a freight train and that’s unacceptable.’
Meuret said they have filed reports with the police and would pursue it on a federal level if necessary.
A hacking expert said that it was entirely possible a former employee could have hacked into the system and said lots of small companies forgot to update passwords and shut down access to their systems when employees left.
Jack Gamache, Clinic Director, also reached out to Robinson’s cousin to say that the company had been hacked.