Legally, companies cannot refuse to hire workers based on their race or ethnicity. These companies may say that everyone gets a fair shot or even claim to be progressive about race relations. However, despite laws and policies, there is one simple test that exposes the fact that discrimination still happens.
That test is a worker’s resume. What minority workers have been finding is that they can overhaul their resumes so that they appear to be Caucasian candidates, and that they have more success landing interviews when they do. The company may not be allowed to ask for their race, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t clues in the resume. Removing those clues brings the candidates more success, which indicates that the companies were discriminating against them due to their race.
When looking at calls for interviews, some studies have found that those who “whiten” their resumes get roughly twice the response when compared to those who don’t.
How do they do it? Some change their names to pick classic Caucasian names. Others leave out details about their past, such as one student who didn’t know if it was wise to state that she’d been in a black student organization in college. Others add in new interests that are often associated with white people, such as going hiking or camping. Again, they don’t state their race directly, but they can still see how it is indicated through these types of clues.
This is a concerning report because it shows how common discrimination still is. Those who have faced it need to know what legal options they have.