We have witnessed it many times throughout the years: a job applicant gets denied because of ethnicity, because of gender, because of sexual preference, because of religion, etc. Well, it appears a new contender has joined the list of discriminatory items.
Enter Katie Mulrenna, 26, a resident of the Republican of Ireland who just got denied a teaching position in South Korea. Why did she get turned out? Because, apparently, her Irish ancestry makes her very likely to be an alcoholic.
The email she received from the Seoul-based agency specifically reads, “I am sorry to inform you that my client does not hire Irish people due to the alcoholism nature of your kind”:
According to the International Business Times, Katie had applied for the job via Craigslist. Furthermore, she has “three years of experience teaching English in Oxford, Barcelona and Abu Dhabi, as well as in Korea.”
She was pretty shocked at how quickly the agency replied. She was even more shocked at how the reply was worded:
“Usually when you apply for a job and they don’t want you, they don’t send a reply,” she said.
“Or they tell you they would prefer someone from North America because some schools prefer the accent.”
The good news is that Katie isn’t allowing this “hilarious” incident to take away from her her unrelenting love of South Korea.