Job Hunters with Southern Accents Make 20% Less, According to Study

Your southern accent may earn you twenty percent less than your neutral sounding colleagues.

Job seekers who have southern accents could be facing wage discrimination because of how they sound.  That’s according to a study by the University of Chicago and the University of Munich.  The research says job hunters who sound like they’re from the south could actually earn twenty percent less than they would have earned if they had what’s known as a “standard accent.”   Another recent study found that 38 percent of job seekers admitted to “softening” their regional accents during interviews because of negative stereotypes.  Real estate was the most likely field where prospective employees are likely alter any twang.