Women denied job for 'ghetto' names, company denies

(KMOV via CNN Newsource)

Two Missouri women say they were rejected for a job because of their names.

It is not just a hunch for these women. They say the company spelled it out for them in an email.

"Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health. Unfortunately we do not consider candidates that have a suggestive "ghetto" name. We wish you the best in your career search, regards."

Dornisha Zachery couldn't believe her eyes when she opened up the email from a recent job application.

She applied online to the customer service job at Mantality Health, a Chesterfield company.

"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," she said.

But the company's CEO says they were hacked. Chesterfield police are investigating the situation and say it appears the emails at least 20 might have come from a disgruntled employee. But many say people targeted for quote ghetto names isn't new.

"I think this happens all the time," said Miltina Burnett.

Her cousin also got the email. Hermeisha Robinson posted it to Facebook and it's gone viral.

Other women in Minnesota and Wisconsin also received the email. Their names are unique, but have meaning.

"Its just unique. It comes from my father, my fathers name is Herman so I'm Hermeisha," Robinson said.

"Dora and Dinishah put together is Dornisha, so my name has meaning to me, its not ghetto," Zachery said.

The CEO of Mantality Health says the password to the job board site was compromised on Aug. 13 and the company may seek legal action against the person responsible for the emails.

A spokesperson for Indeed said companies are responsible for keeping their passwords updated and confidential.

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