2 thoughts on “Bias Against Foreign-sounding names

  1. Update… he lost. The judgment is available in full at http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/media/judgments/2013/kpakio+-v-virgin-alantic-airways-ltd

    Bottom line: It seems that the CV and application he submitted under the name of Craig Owen were significantly and relevantly different from the CV and application he submitted under his own name. In other words, it’s true that he was treated less favourably as Maxson Kpakio than as Craig Owen, but this is explained by the fact that ‘Craig Owen’ met the essential criteria for the job whereas Maxson Kpakio did not.

    So it appears that this case didn’t, after all, test the application of discrimination law to the pure operation of bias against foreign-sounding names…

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