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Report: Hiring Disparities Based On Ethnic Names


A name should never be a barrier to employment, but according to a study
conducted by the Discrimination Research Center (DRC), ethnically
identifiable names can lead to hiring disparities. DRC sent over 6000
resumes with African American, Asian, Latino, white, and Arab/South Asian
names to temporary employment agencies throughout California. Resumes with
male Arab and South Asian names received far fewer responses-24 out of
100-than all other ethnic groups. Asian Americans also faced significant
gaps in employer responses.

DRC used ethnically identifiable African American, Latino, Asian American,
Arab/South Asian and white names. Names were randomly matched with similar
resumes that specified that the applicant was a college graduate with four
years of administrative experience and strong computer skills. Temporary
employment agencies responded differently to the same resumes, depending on
the name. For example, the most successful resume had a response rate of
46.6% when submitted by Jose Gonzalez, 35% when submitted by Tyrone Walker,
32% by Rosa Lopez, and only 30% by Joyce Hsu and 29% by Timothy Wu.

“We e-mailed the same basic resume types to 350 temporary employment
agencies in all regions of California. Everywhere, except in Silicon Valley
and San Diego, people with Arab or South Asian names received the fewest
responses,” explained DRC Director John Trasviña. “Post-September 11
animosity toward Arab Americans or South Asians permeates the employment
process. Changing the present situation in which many qualified candidates
are not even considered for jobs requires collaborative action by civil
rights law enforcement agencies, employers, community leaders, and the
general public,” he stated…

For more information, contact: Sara Pierre 510-845-3473 x 311


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