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Graduate 'branded "oddball" and "treehugger" by job interviewers in email sent to her by mistake'

Mirror logo Mirror 14/05/2017 Anna Slater

Miss Jacobs says she has so far received no apology from Tecomak. © Mirror/BBC South East Miss Jacobs says she has so far received no apology from Tecomak. A graduate was reportedly branded an "odd ball" and a "treehugger" in an email inviting her for a job interview.

Anna Jacobs says she accidentally received a scathing summary of herself after putting herself forward for the role of office administrator with Tecomak Environmental Services.

The company allegedly invited her for an interview, but accidentally attached a summary of remarks about her background.

It reportedly said: "Home educated odd ball. Can't get a job since leaving uni. Forages for mushrooms.

"Difficult to asses from her CV - might be very good but equally could be a biscuit short of a packet or a left-wing loon tree hugger. 

"Worth an interview if only for a laugh."

Miss Jacobs, from Kent, found the 'derogatory' remarks after scrolling down on the e-mail inviting her to an interview.

The former university student told BBC South East Today: "This awful summary is attached and I thought how dare somebody say that about my CV and myself.

The comments called Miss Jacobs "one biscuit short of a packet". © Mirror/BBC South East The comments called Miss Jacobs "one biscuit short of a packet".

"That is basically like saying it is going to be a huge waste of time but let's do it for a laugh and make up the numbers.

"I don't want to be a number. I believe I have got a lot to offer and if that is all I am to an employer then please don't invite me to an interview because it is just wasting everyone's time."

The email allegedly went on to say she probably "forages for mushrooms". © Mirror/BBC South East The email allegedly went on to say she probably "forages for mushrooms".

Tecomak Environmental Services provides specialist ventilation and contamination control and advertised for an office administrator on Thursday.

So far, Miss Jacobs claims she has received no apology or explanation from Tecomak.

Employment lawyer Richard Atkins, told the BBC all jobseekers are entitled to equal treatment when applying for positions.

She was reportedly called a "left win tree hugger". © Mirror/BBC South East She was reportedly called a "left win tree hugger".

"On the face of it, this e-mail does not show that she has been treated with fairness and respect," he said.

The Mirror Online has contacted Tecomak for comment.

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