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Cam employers reject you based on your name?

Say you had a name like f ru du or Moon Unit Base?
Could employers reject you?
Original post by Other_Owl
Say you had a name like f ru du or Moon Unit Base?
Could employers reject you?


no, although i sure hope nobody has to live with a name like that lol
companies have jobs to fill, and they obviously want them filled
so i dont see why an unusual name should matter.
that isn't to say employers aren't biased towards applicants based on names. on a written application it's the first thing they'd notice about you, right? but it'd be super weird if someone actively rejected a potential employee based on just their name.
how did you come up with the name moon unit base
Original post by yeet_21
how did you come up with the name moon unit base


At a guess... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Zappa
Technically they can reject you based on anything, but they wouldn't come out and say it's because of your name as that would sound like discrimination. They'd just say you were unsuccessful, probably without giving a reason.

As for whether or not an unusual name would bother any potential employers, that's entirely up to them. Some won't care, whereas others would.
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Original post by Other_Owl
Say you had a name like f ru du or Moon Unit Base?
Could employers reject you?


They can reject you for any reason
Original post by PinkMobilePhone
Technically they can reject you based on anything, but they wouldn't come out and say it's because of your name as that would sound like discrimination. They'd just say you were unsuccessful, probably without giving a reason.

As for whether or not an unusual name would bother any potential employers, that's entirely up to them. Some won't care, whereas others would.


Exactly what I said.
Reply 7


Yup. That's it.
Sure, they just wouldn't invite you for interview and would be unlikely to give you a direct answer why, certainly not in any way you could use against them.
Yes.
Many employers and recruitment consultants do take applicant's names into account.
Very controversial names, porn star names, names very difficult to take seriously as a high value brand, vulgar names, names that are are a pr disaster most likely to attract lots of the wrong type of attention to the business or sound too unprofessional for the role/industry/firm.
Unlawful discrimination within an employment recruitment context relates to a few specific protected characteristics and the spelling of names is not included.
Original post by x-wing_pilot
no, although i sure hope nobody has to live with a name like that lol
companies have jobs to fill, and they obviously want them filled
so i dont see why an unusual name should matter.
that isn't to say employers aren't biased towards applicants based on names. on a written application it's the first thing they'd notice about you, right? but it'd be super weird if someone actively rejected a potential employee based on just their name.


You can't see the big issue with it? It can make you look like a 'problem', either egotistical, attention seeking or just not taking things seriously. It's like turning up for a formal interview in a hawaiian shirt, you can claim to your hearts content it's a shirt, it's free expression and you being you etc, but many employers will look at you and think 'You chose to approach us like this? prat!'

You'll find jobs who don't give a monkeys about creative names. but as other examples.. if I walked into a bank to discuss a mortgage and the staff name tag reads 'MOON UNIT' I'm probably going to a different bank, likewise I'm not booking an appointment with Dr Moon Unit and I sure as hell won't hire a solicitor who intents to represent my interests under the name 'Moon Unit', would you?
Original post by StriderHort
You can't see the big issue with it? It can make you look like a 'problem', either egotistical, attention seeking or just not taking things seriously. It's like turning up for a formal interview in a hawaiian shirt, you can claim to your hearts content it's a shirt, it's free expression and you being you etc, but many employers will look at you and think 'You chose to approach us like this? prat!'

You'll find jobs who don't give a monkeys about creative names. but as other examples.. if I walked into a bank to discuss a mortgage and the staff name tag reads 'MOON UNIT' I'm probably going to a different bank, likewise I'm not booking an appointment with Dr Moon Unit and I sure as hell won't hire a solicitor who intents to represent my interests under the name 'Moon Unit', would you?


of course it is, i never said that no company cares about your name. i just think it's quite a rare occurrence for someone to actually be rejected from a company based solely on their name, except maybe if there's only one position and many applicants.
Original post by x-wing_pilot
of course it is, i never said that no company cares about your name. i just think it's quite a rare occurrence for someone to actually be rejected from a company based solely on their name, except maybe if there's only one position and many applicants.


Well given we're talking about names here that are outright novelty, I honestly think you'd find your CV getting overlooked a very common occurrence. Many would see a silly name and skip right by the CV because why bother with someone like that when there are other applicants taking it seriously? I mean there might be a decent employee deep down under the name Moon Unit but time is money and most employers won't bother.
Reply 13
Yes, you can discriminate pretty much on any basis, unless it’s not a protected characteristic. My partner is a teacher and when they we’re recruiting apparently they thought very hard about offering someone with a comical name the job for fear they would be the constant butt of jokes. If you could show that rejection on name was indirect discrimination for a protected characteristic, like race or sex, it could be challenged. However it’s unlikely your name would be cited as the reason for discrimination, unless perhaps it was offensive
Reply 14
Original post by Kokoriciu
They can reject you for any reason

Really?

Like because the applicant was black or age 47?
Reply 15
Original post by Quady
Really?

Like because the applicant was black or age 47?


Why 47? You’re right there are quite a number of protected characteristics and age and race are on the list. Proving it is another thing mind. Aside from this an employer could legally say they had discriminated on any other basis, albeit it has the potential to attract adverse publicity
Reply 16
Original post by Zarek
Why 47? You’re right there are quite a number of protected characteristics and age and race are on the list. Proving it is another thing mind. Aside from this an employer could legally say they had discriminated on any other basis, albeit it has the potential to attract adverse publicity


Well I could've picked any age, but thought if I went over 50 or under 30 then the poster could've postulated health or lack or experience really.

But then again it seems the poster has been banned 😞
Original post by StriderHort
You can't see the big issue with it? It can make you look like a 'problem', either egotistical, attention seeking or just not taking things seriously. It's like turning up for a formal interview in a hawaiian shirt, you can claim to your hearts content it's a shirt, it's free expression and you being you etc, but many employers will look at you and think 'You chose to approach us like this? prat!'

You'll find jobs who don't give a monkeys about creative names. but as other examples.. if I walked into a bank to discuss a mortgage and the staff name tag reads 'MOON UNIT' I'm probably going to a different bank, likewise I'm not booking an appointment with Dr Moon Unit and I sure as hell won't hire a solicitor who intents to represent my interests under the name 'Moon Unit', would you?

PRSOM
Original post by Quady
Really?

Like because the applicant was black or age 47?

How many 47 year old professional footballers do you know of who are still earning their living playing regular competitive football games at a premier league level?
Any ethnicity or biological sex.
Original post by StriderHort
Well given we're talking about names here that are outright novelty, I honestly think you'd find your CV getting overlooked a very common occurrence. Many would see a silly name and skip right by the CV because why bother with someone like that when there are other applicants taking it seriously? I mean there might be a decent employee deep down under the name Moon Unit but time is money and most employers won't bother.

fair point lol, i wasn't really considering totally absurd names like the ones OP mentioned.

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