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This really pisses Me off, course of action?

Old 02-07-2018, 11:41 PM
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Hello My fellow THTbrain trust..
Due to "unforeseen" circumstances..
I really needed a Job..
I'm a VET..
Also I'm a one-armed amputee.
I'm 54, I let this guy KNOW my Age in My letter to Him, He said come-on down!
Please note..
I've worked as a Auto mechanic for a looonnng time like this.. (since 1986).. Being a amputee I mean..
I go to the "interview" at this Shop, for Light duty mechanic..
EG oil change & tire tech, some brake work..
Now mind you when I sent My "references" of what I can do, (as far as Mechanic work), My knowledge I mean.. via e-mail the night before.
I DID NOT mention I was a Amputee.. just My age.

I get to this interview..
The FIRST thing out of this interviewer's mouth, (the manager) ,, was to mention numerous times, about Me being one-armed, and His doubts that I cannot "get the Job done".. As far as changing & rotating tires, etc are concerned..
He stated, he has never come across someone such as I..
I explained things like this past fall I R& R'ed a transmission for a full sized GMC 4 wheel drive, on the ground IN MY DRIVE way on the ground! (with just a couple of bottle jack(s).
R & R'ed a engine in My Nissan 240sx..
Replaced the Water pump, T-stat in My FIL's 01 Nissan truck in under 2 hours... The other Day, I mentioned it here on THT in another thread.
I have My own tools, valid DL's NO tickets, NO drug use, nor do I drink..
I offered a personal reference & phone number from My former Manager, Now He is retired, that worked @ Precision Tune, (where I worked for 6 years)...
Needless to say, I didn't get the Job..
The "other" person that applied didn't even show for His interview..
Needless to say..
here it is 2:30 in the AM..
I cannot sleep I'm so P.O.'ed & upset..

baking cakes come to mind here
Old 02-08-2018, 12:07 AM
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Offer to work for a week. Tell him if he doesn’t like what he sees, you’ll pack your tools and leave. I’m sure he’s concerned about ADA issues if he regrets hiring you.
Old 02-08-2018, 01:00 AM
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I regret this story ever happening. I too would wonder if it was safe for this occupation BUT sounds more like you far exceed your limitations. Congrats on that because it can't be easy. I'd go back and express in person backed with a letter how you need the work and are capable AND don't want to get the lawyers involved if this location is really where you want to be.

Hint hint. What he did was an absolute ADA violation but he could lie and say you failed for some other reason. If you decide to file a case some free legal aid will help. I think I'd go see legal aid but continue looking for work. Chin up. You got this. Hope you find something real soon.
Old 02-08-2018, 01:10 AM
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Sound to me like he's not the guy you want to work for anyway. With your experience , an interview should be a two way street unless your destitute, or his is the only shop in 50 miles.
Old 02-08-2018, 01:41 AM
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I disagree about a threat or implied threat of legal action. As soon as you say to him lawyer, attorney or anything to that effect, he is no longer obigated to speak with you. Any further communication would be through their respective lawyers.
Old 02-08-2018, 02:48 AM
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That's ignorant. Don't let it get to you, though. I know one thing is for certain............I bet a guy with one arm has more motivation and tenacity than most guys with two!!

You probably wouldn't have been happy working there anyway.

Good luck and Thank You for your service!!

Incidentally, perhaps "crossthread" is not the best name for a mechanic ??
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We hired a bus person who was partially blind. There was no mention of it on his job application and it wasnt noticable during the interview. It turned out he had no peripheral vision and couldnt see small objects. It was a problem because he couldnt see well enough to clean tables. We needed to get rid of him but we were afraid of the consequences. Luckily, he quit on his own before we decided to let him go.

Put yourself in the employers shoes, hes afraid that you cant do the job and that he will get sued if he has to get rid of you. I would have a friendly conservation with him and I would offer to work for free for a week to prove that you can do the job. Then be the best employee he had.
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I would suggest that you talk to whatever organization you know of that can help you understand how to apply for a job and interview. You should have never mentioned age, nor can they ask. They cannot discriminate based on disability but you must be able to do the work, and they have to provide accommodations, and perhaps that was on his mind. You cannot work for free, have to be covered by his insurance and paid.

Wish you good luck in your search.
Old 02-08-2018, 03:24 AM
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Check out the government website - Americans With Disabilities Act: https://www.ada.gov/
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I don't know where you are located I have a shop in hunt valley md at this time I don't need a mechanic but I could use a shop helper someone you to take care of the shop help the guys on certain jobs plug tires oil changes I would be honored to hire a vet.
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Maybe the guy saw your screen name and got concerned

Kidding aside, it sucks, is ignorant and unfair. However, prospective employers get very nervous hiring protected classes. Whether real or perceived, they fear litigation of a termination, unreasonable requests for accommodation, etc..

Thanks for your service
Old 02-08-2018, 04:30 AM
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OP, sorry to hear about your situation, like others mentioned maybe it was a tough position for the employer to take. I'm sure this barrier is hard on ya when you know you can do the work but are perceived by others just by looking at ya.

Good luck in your job search, if your near J-Ville and I hear anything job wise I will let you know.
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That is total BS. I dont think any laws were broken as he could testify that he was trying to determine if reasonable accommodations could be made. You know your qualifications and skill level, did he make a mistake in not hiring you? Prove it to him by working for a competitor, or better yet, become the competitor.
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You haven't let being an amputee get you down yet so i sure as hell wouldnt let some dumbass do it. Thank you for your service sir.

You will find something soon. Where abouts are ya?
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crossthread, as much as I hate to say it, I have to put some of this on you.

As you know, for you to be an asset to the company you have to beat flat rate hours. So even if you can do the work, if you cannot beat book hours you will not make the company any money.

I admire your work attitude, but please from now on tell the interviewer ahead of time.
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First thanks for your service!

I would goto a large well known car dealership. They will have a job for you and I would think they would like to employ a veteran.
Old 02-08-2018, 08:20 AM
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You're only missing an Arm. Hell, I have six people working for me that are missing brains and it all gets done!

Keep the faith friend...and thank you for your service.
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I had a totally blind guy at a tire store jack up my 3500 van, take off all the wheels, put four new tires on the rims and reinstall them. Wouldn't even realize he was blind if you weren't paying attention. He had to get the other guy to check pressure and balance them though.
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Guy should have taken you into the shop and said, rotate the tires on this car, he'd know in a heart beat if it's something you can do or not and how fast you can do it. Guy is incredibly short sighted.
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As long as there isn't any discrimination based solely on being disabled, the manager is within his rights to exercise his judgment as to whether an applicant can do the job, or not.

Appears to me the manager listened to what the applicant stated he was able to do on his own, factored in the physical requirements for the job which can at times require a fair amount of strength and decided that he would not hire the applicant. There is no bright line in making the yae or nae decision, it is the judgment of the manager that makes the determination.

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