There was already a person working for the company with the name Marion, so when she refused to change her name to Marie to avoid confusion, the company fired her.
“He wanted to change my name from Marion to Marie, because clients could confuse [me] with another Marion,” the 27-year-old, Toulouse native told local publication La Depeche du Midi.
“Either the boss takes his customers for fools or it’s just a pretext because he never wanted to offer me a contract,” she said.
After three weeks of training with the company, they allegedly asked her to make the name-change through email—and an interview afterward turned up the request to change it, or be terminated.
Deciding to keep her name left her no choice but to leave.
A FranceTV translation of her termination notice determined the reason given was: “Problem of identity within the company. The same two names were unwanted by management.”
Marion refuse de changer de prénom, elle se fait virer par son employeur
— francetv info (@francetvinfo) April 13, 2016
The company, whose name has been purposely omitted, insisted they’ve done nothing wrong, stating:
“Changing names or taking on pseudonyms is a common practice in the commercial sector. We are a small company and the two Marions had already led to confusion. Clients needed to be able to distinguish between them.”