St. Louis Man Sent Bogus Rejections to Job Applicants With 'Ghetto Names'
|thenorthstar||Aug 7, 2019|
In the summer of 2018, a Missouri business faced accusations that it sent rejection letters to applicants over their “ghetto names.” However, it turned out that a former employee was using the testosterone clinic’s Indeed.com profile, a hiring site, to send the racist emails. Christopher Crivolio, 47, pleaded guilty in federal court on July 30 to one count of identity theft for sending the unauthorized racist messages. Crivolio, a former employee of Mantality Health, maliciously used the name of a current employee to send job applicants rejection emails while citing their given name as too “ghetto.” “Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health. Unfortunately we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names. We wish the best in your career search,” Crivolio wrote in the emails, according to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri. Crivolio then signed the emails using the name of Jordan Kimler, a nurse practitioner who worked at the Mantality Health. The emails were sent to multiple applicants, including Black women who reported feeling hurt that the email implied their names made them unemployable. One candidate, identified as Hermeisha Robinson, wrote on Facebook that she knew she was well qualified for the position.
“They discriminated against me because of my name, which they considered it to be ‘ghetto’ for their company! My feelings are very hurt and they even got me second guessing my name trying to figure out if my name is really that ‘ghetto,’” Robinson wrote. “I would like for everyone to share this post because discrimination has to stop.”
St. Louis County resident Dorneshia Zachery, 23, told KMOV that receiving the email made her feel like “the company looked at my name and said we don’t care about what you’ve done in life.”
Zachery, one of the recipients of the emails, filed a lawsuit in July against Mantality claiming racial discrimination, the Riverfront Times reported. The lawsuit claimed Zachery applied for a job at the clinic in July 2018. She received the racist rejection email on August 13.
“The decision not to hire Plaintiff was based on Plaintiff’s race,” the lawsuit said. It argued that the company’s hiring policy went against Missouri’s Human Rights Act, which prohibits job discrimination based on “race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, or age.”
Local and national news outlets began reporting on the racist rejection emails. Mantality owner Kevin Meuret maintained that the emails were sent by “potentially an ex-employee.”
“At no point in time had the employee, or anyone at Mantality Health, authorized Crivolio to use the employee’s identity or to send the communications purporting to be on behalf of Mantality Health,” federal prosecutors said. Meuret told the Riverfront Times that he was “deeply upset” that Crivolio used Kimler’s name in the emails.
“For some reason it was a personal attack on her. I’m deeply upset [her] name was tied to something that disgusting. Anyone associated with her knows that doesn’t match with anything she’s said.” The news coverage led Mantality Health and its employee to receive negative comments on social media and harassing telephone calls, the US attorney’s office said. Kimler was doxxed, meaning her personal information was posted on social media, forcing her to relocate temporarily. She was not named as a defendant in Zachery’s lawsuit. “Identity theft not only affects individuals when their personal information is stolen,” Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) St. Louis Division said in a statement. “In this case, Chris Crivolio assumed the identity of a former co-worker to falsely represent the company in responding to job applicants with the intent to destroy the company’s reputation.” The case was investigated by the FBI’s office in St. Louis, Missouri with assistance from offices in Wisconsin.
Crivolio is scheduled to be sentenced on November 7, 2019. He faces up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of $250,000 along with a forfeiture allegation for identity theft, the US Attorney’s office said. It is unclear how Crivolio’s guilty plea will affect Zachery’s lawsuit. The suit is seeking at least $100,000 in damages for racial discrimination and emotional distress.
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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.