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'A growing trend' – Are people losing out on jobs due to their accents? | Newstalk

People are still losing out on jobs and career progression opportunities based on their accents, according to a leading linguistics expert.

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, University College Dublin (UCD) Professor Stephen Lucek said certain accents are often looked down upon by employers.

Professor Lucek said those who come from a working-class or disadvantaged background are often most affected by accent bias.

Accent bias

“I think there’s a bias against many-many accents in society,” he said.

“Within Dublin, you might think there are prejudices against a working-class accent. You also get this in towns anywhere you look - it’s not just Ireland.

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