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Old 04-23-2009, 09:30 PM
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As a temp last year, my fiance was told that they weren't going to hire her because she had the 'wrong heritage' as they put it. Guess she was too pale for the company.
No way! Are you serious??
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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No way! Are you serious??
I wish I were, and those were the company's words. I don't remember who it was either but she might. It was her first interview after moving here too.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:04 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I'm not shocked. There is a lot of prejudice in this city and it's even worse if your skin color is darker than the median.
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:27 AM
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I'm not shocked. There is a lot of prejudice in this city and it's even worse if your skin color is darker than the median.
His fiancee is "pale".
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Old 04-24-2009, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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yes, I read that. My wife isn't pale..
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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moral of the story - get spray on tan if you're light. and uh... idunno what to do if you're dark.

In the professional world we have none of that - all interviews I've done are over the phone and we're more concerned about picking up the most qualified person for the job than anything else. Companies should give that one a try, it works great.
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:40 AM
 
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As a temp last year, my fiance was told that they weren't going to hire her because she had the 'wrong heritage' as they put it. Guess she was too pale for the company.
That's discrimination, she just let it happen?
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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That's discrimination, she just let it happen?
Yeah, and it's wrong. But at the same time what are the odds that anything would come from a case where it's he said / she said because surely the paperwork says something else (and then some years later if you win, what do you collect?). She did let the temp agency know though since it could probably become a liability for them. I didn't let it get her down, and she moved on and found something that she likes and that pays better anyway a couple of weeks later by looking outside of the temp world.

IMO the greatest way to say F-you in a situation like that or where someone says you'll never make it is to become successful and live a good life.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:19 AM
 
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not sure if those are the same people that come out and service home a/c units, but if they are, it's not good according to the guy that came out to do maintenance on mine about a month ago. He said they have experienced a significant drop in business and many of the people are having hours cut or being let go. I personally don't understand that one because a/c is one thing you absolutely cannot live without here in the summer. There's of course a couple of exceptions, but I think they are a little bonkers
I am aware that many of these service companies do installations, and during periods of robust new construction, builders can keep some of these firms busy -- it becomes their bread and butter. When we have a drop-off in new construction like we are experiencing now, some of these places have no choice but to let some of their staff go, and in some cases, the company may fold if they are too heavily dependent on new construction. Then those workers flood the market, and go and take whatever jobs are available at the places that depend on service and repair for most of their business.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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As a temp last year, my fiance was told that they weren't going to hire her because she had the 'wrong heritage' as they put it. Guess she was too pale for the company.
That doesn't surprise me. I've heard of people being told in in interview something that goes like this: "We're looking for an individual to fill the position on a long-term basis. You're probably pretty close to retirement".

Here's one I've been asked point blank: "Are you married?"

I think the best thing to do in most of these situations is just move on. You probably wouldn't want to work at a place like that, anyway.
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