We build software that is used in recruiting. Candidates apply through our system and recruiters see all of the candidates in a list.
We categorize candidates based on their inputs. The worst category a candidate can get is "doesn't meet must-have requirements". Our system currently symbolizes this by displaying a "thumbs down" next to the candidate.
We're a company in Europe and haven't had any bad feedback from recruiters or candidates regarding the thumbs down. In a recent discussion with an American however, he pointed out that the thumbs down might be considered discriminating. I'm asking here to find out the common sense of this.
Will a thumbs down be considered discriminating in certain cultures / by certain people?
Note that the thumbs down is only visible to the recruiter, never to the candidate himself.