Newsroom Special - BAME Employees told to use 'Western work name'

Newsroom Specials

Friday, May 24th, 2019 - 6 minutes

Black Asian Minority and Ethic workers, (BAME), revealed they have directly or indirectly been told to use more English sounding names whilst in the workplace.

The research, commissioned by employment law specialists Slater and Gordon, found 44% of the 1000 BAME workers surveyed had abandoned their birth name on their CV or in the workplace at least once during their career.

When BAME job-seekers used a ‘western work name’ on their CV 28 per cent felt they were offered more roles and 27 per cent said they landed more job interviews and received more interest from recruiters.

The law says treating someone differently or less favourably than other staff, based on their race, is direct discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

To tell us more about the research and to discuss the law around this issue we were joined by Ruby Dinsmore from Slater and Gordon.