I would never have hired you if I knew you wouldn’t work Saturdays.
I wonder if the average American knows just how many kinds of illegal it is to say such a thing to an employee or to a job candidate?
Would it be clearer if the boss said “I would never have hired you if I knew you were black?”
Here is the official hiring policy that my employer claims to stand behind:
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Company prohibits harassment and discrimination against associates and job applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, citizenship status, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, ancestry, pregnancy, ethnicity, or any other reason prohibited by law. This policy applies to consideration for employment, hiring, training, advancement, compensation, termination, and all other conditions of employment.
The Company prohibits retaliation against associates and job applicants for filing a good-faith complaint or assisting in an investigation under applicable federal, state, or local employment discrimination laws.
It looks good on paper. In fact, it looks great on paper. Lots of companies openly discriminate against gays because it isn’t illegal in every state yet. Also, citizenship status, ethnicity, and ancestry are interesting additions. But companies lie.
That is why the nation as a whole has enacted laws to make discrimination illegal.
But I guess the word hasn’t gotten around yet?
After I filed a Religious Accommodation Request through HR, my store manager said (in front of witnesses) that:
Even though I “won” a Religious Accommodation for Shabbat, the company is going to punish me in 3 ways:
and 4. I had better produce good sales numbers or else!
***Please repost and distribute this story freely to provide evidence of institutional racism and discrimination against Jews and other minorities, as well.
“Racism, version 2015.” is copyright © 2015 by Poorkitteh.
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