Teacher refused job for being Irish
A teacher’s job application was rejected point blank due to the “alcoholism nature” of her “kind”, referring to the woman’s Irish heritage.
Katie Mulrennan, from County Kerry, had applied for a teaching job in Seoul, South Korea, but her application didn’t even make first hurdle after an agency working on behalf of the employer spotted that she hailed from the Emerald Isle.
Having submitted her application the 26-year-old promptly received an email from the agency informing her that it was their client’s policy not to hire Irish people because of their perceived tendency toward alcoholism.
Speaking to the BBC, Mulrennan said: “Usually when you apply for a job and they don’t want you, they don’t send a reply, or they tell you they would prefer someone from North America, because some schools prefer the accent. But this reply was a first. When I got the email, it was so abrupt and short.
Luckily for the agency, Ms Mulrennan had a good sense of humour about the situation, shrugging off the racial slur by responding with a curt email and sharing the agency’s abrupt response online.
“I actually laughed when I read it initially. But then I wanted to write back a really angry response. In the end I took a deep breath and sent back a reply, that was a little bit sarcastic as I couldn’t believe the email I had received. But I haven’t heard anything back since.”