98FM responds to racial discrimination allegations from job applicant

Samai Jalal has implied she was rejected because of her second name

98FM responds to racial discrimination allegations from job applicant

98FM radio station has been hit by controversy for its hiring process after a woman made allegations of racial discrimination.

Samia Jalal has said she sent two CVs to 98FM to apply for a marketing executive position.

Ms Jalal claims she sent one in her own name and one in her stepfather's second name Neville.

It is reported the applications were both sent before the closing date, however she said the CV with Samia Jalal's real name was rejected, while the CV with the name Samia Neville was asked to an interview.

Ms Jalal posted an image of the two emails on Twitter and it has since been retweeted 1,300 times.

*Update at 5.30pm*

Statement from 98FM:

"98FM has been made aware of an incident of alleged racial discrimination regarding a recruitment process that took place in May this year. 98FM has taken the allegation very seriously and has investigated the incident.

"Following this investigation, 98FM is satisfied that in this case there was no intentional racial discrimination in this very unfortunate incident. It appears that, after noticing that Ms Jalal had applied twice with nearly identical CVs, an administrative error was made and one of her CVs was included in the list of CVs which were not successful. Ms Jalal was asked to attend for an interview to which she did not accept. 98FM has reached out to Ms Jalal for a meeting however she has not accepted at present.

"98FM is an equal opportunity employer and we pride ourselves on representing Dublin’s many cultures and ethnicities. We have strict policies in place that prevent discrimination of any kind in the workplace."

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