Who’s to say what a “traditional name” is.
In Africa traditional names include Amare or Kwame. In Iran, Alborz and Anahita are popular.
Maybe they don’t fit into what White America class as “traditional” but hey, my mom called me, what she called me!
Just like in the case of 27-year-old Hermeisha Robinson. The Louis, Missouri native was completely floored when she was told her name was not adequate for a customer service job.
In fact she was told in an email it was downright “ghetto.”
Her Feelings Were Hurt
Hermeisha applied for a customer service job at Mantality Health. But received an unprecedented 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.
The appalled woman took to Facebook to share her dismay. ‘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 urged her friends to share the racist email which she pinned to the top of her feed.
Mantality Health, who provide testosterone replacement therapy for men, has apologized to Hermeisha.
They company claim they were hacked by a “disgruntled employee”.
She Was Named After Her Deceased Father
Hermeisha’s name has a deep family history – she was named after her deceased father, Herman, who died when she was young.
‘Her mom loved that name,’ her cousin Miltina Burnett said. ‘She is not going to change it.’ Burnett said that Hermeisha had been in tears after she read the cruel message.
‘It made her cry and question her name, whether she should change her name to fit in corporate America,’ she said.
Kevin Meuret, who owns Mantality Health told the St Louis Post-Dispatch. ‘That young lady opened something that must have felt like a freight train and that’s unacceptable. I’m a father of three daughters and that young lady getting that (response) is horrible. That young lady opened something that must have felt like a freight train and that’s unacceptable.’
The company has launched an investigation with popular job seeking website Indeed.com to locate the IP address of the email sender. Mantality Health say around 20 job seekers received emails from the hacker.