It’s not surprising that GoDaddy, as one of the most recognizable web hosts in the world, has been swept up in negative headlines. However, the biggest blunders have been surrounding alleged sexism in advertising. Unfortunately, there’s also a darker side to these stories that don’t get as much press as they may warrant. One Arizona man, Keith Connolly, recently spoke to a local news outlet about his attempt to get a job at GoDaddy. Last year, he applied for a job as a mobile IOS developer at GoDaddy, but tells his local WSMV-TV correspondent that following multiple telephone interviews, he ultimately didn’t get an offer.
Connolly was confused, but didn’t think much of the rejection—at first. He recalls feeling good about the interviews, and since there were so many of them it seemed clear that this was likely a good match. Finally, he interviewed at GoDaddy headquarters, his first in-person interview. That’s when things started to go downhill. At the time, Connolly couldn’t have predicted what would shift GoDaddy’s perception of him so dramatically.
The Waiting Game
After the interview at HQ, it took weeks for Connolly to hear anything. He didn’t want to be pushy, so he stood back and waited. Finally, an email arrived from GoDaddy telling Connolly he didn’t get the job. He was disappointed, but archived the message and didn’t think much of it. However, months later, curiosity got the best of him. He couldn’t quite figure out why there was such a sudden shift in GoDaddy’s attitude towards him, especially since the company had put in so much time and effort vetting him.
He re-opened the rejection email and, for the first time, scrolled down. Connolly claims he had overlooked a chain of email forwards that had likely been passed on to him by mistake. One of the messages allegedly read, “About Keith, he’s great for the job and skills but he looks worse for wear…Do we really want an obeese (sic) christian (sic)…is that what our new image requires of us?” According to Connolly, he was crestfallen. “It hit me like a ton of bricks,” he shared with the Arizona Republic. Unfortunately, by the time he discovered the chain, the 300 day statute of limitations had expired. This means he can’t file a discrimination lawsuit, and that’s fine with Connolly.
What he wants is an apology.
Connolly hired attorney Casey Yontz, who has reached out to GoDaddy to no avail. He was told, “At this time, we are not offering any kind of settlement or an apology to Keith.” GoDaddy has called Connolly’s claims false and “completely without merit.” They’re fully denying the accusations, and have also warned legal action will be taken against Connolly should he continue with this “fabrication.” Yontz says Connolly “feels GoDaddy is trying to bully him to be quiet.”