Black man who was invited for job interview after changing his name on his resumé sues for discrimination

Black man who was invited for job interview after changing his name on his resum� sues for discrimination

 

A Black man who was invited for a job interview after changing his name on his resumé is suing for discrimination.

Dwight Jackson, 27, alleges that Shinola Hotel in downtown Detroit kept overlooking his applications for multiple positions until he changed his name. 

Black man who was invited for job interview after changing his name on his resum� sues for discrimination
 

In a lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, July, 10, Jackson stated that he made numerous attempts to work at the luxury hotel between January and April 2024 but was denied an opportunity to interview for the positions. 

It wasn’t until he submitted a CV with a ‘Caucasian name’ – John Jebrowski – that he was contacted by the hotel to undergo the interviewing process the same week, the filing states.  

Jackson said he started out using his birth name in his initial attempts.  But as soon as he applied with the alias John Jebrowski, keeping all of his work history and skills the same, he says he received an interview call from the management. 

Jackson went through the interview process, however he was informed that he was not a viable candidate for the position, according to court documents.

‘Mr. Jackson actually confronted them and said, “I’m Dwight Jackson, I’m the guy that’s been applying to a job” and they said, ‘We’re done. We don’t want to hire you”,’ Jackson’s attorney John Marko further told CBS News Detroit.  

‘It’s illegal to discriminate against someone in the hiring process because of the colour of his skin. 

‘The suit alleges (the hotel) illegally discriminated against Mr. Jackson by refusing to give him an interview or hire him for a position for which he was qualified and the only reason is the color of his skin,’ Marko added. 

Since the filing, the hotel has issued a statement saying that they ‘do not tolerate discrimination of any kind’. 

‘We take this allegation very seriously and do not tolerate discrimination of any kind. 

‘We’re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and are dedicated to building a diverse workforce that reflects the community.’

Jackson has stated in the lawsuit that he suffered stress, humiliation, emotional damages, and economic damages due to the incident. 

He is seeking an ‘amount as the trier of fact shall deem fair and just, together with interest, costs and attorney fees, and for such other and further relief as this Honorable Court may deem appropriate’ as damages, according to documents. 
 

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