Two prospective employee resumes come across a hiring manager’s desk. Both candidates have the same skills and qualifications as well as have degrees from prestigious colleges. One candidate however, may have an unfair advantage, a traditionally non-ethnic sounding name.
According to an article by David Wessel of the Wall Street Journal, "A white sounding name on an application is worth as much as an extra eight years of work experience."
Name Descrimination is Occuring
While a name doesn’t say anything about a person’s character or work ethic, according to a labor market discrimination study conducted by professors at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, there is a substantial amount of name based discriminating occurring in the recruiting process.
A National Bureau of Economic Research Paper shows that job applicants with white names had a 50% chance of getting a callback over those who had African-American names.
Other facts from the study:
Names Are Powerful
Names are powerful indicators of who we are. Our name serves as the label to our identity, pointing to culture, religious affiliation, sex, social position and ethnic background.
Despite laws against racial discrimination in the workforce, several studies have shown that an African or Ethnic-sounding name like Lakisha can seriously reduce an individuals' chance of being called in for a job interview