UK creates plan to prevent people with “white-sounding names” from getting all the jobs

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LONDON — Britain’s civil service and several major companies have agreed to recruit university graduates and apprentices without knowing the applicants’ names in an effort to eliminate bias against people from ethnic minorities.

Prime Minister David Cameron said in a major speech last month it was “disgraceful” that people with “white-sounding” names were twice as likely as others to be shortlisted for jobs

“Britain has come so far, but the long march to an equal society isn’t over,” Cameron wrote.

He cited the case of a young woman who said she was advised to use her middle name, Elizabeth, in job applications because it sounded more English than her first name. …

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Via: Mashable: Business

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