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28th May 2019

A third of BAME employees asked to westernise their name

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Almost 1 in 3 ethnic minority employees have been asked to adopt a ‘Western’ work name by a manager – despite this being an unlawful request.

According to figures from law firm Slater and Gordon, 3 out of 5 workers felt their career would suffer if they did not westernise their name.

Of those that did submit to the request:

  • 20% said it was because they feared judgement
  • 19% were worried about discrimination
  • 18% wanted to save colleagues the embarrassment of mispronouncing their name.

More than a third of black and minority ethnic (BAME) workers (34%) had abandoned their birth name on their CV or in the workplace at least once in their career.

For more information, you can read Personnel Today's article here.