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Ask Slashdot: Should I Sue?

indiejade (850391) writes | more than 5 years ago

Operating Systems 3

indiejade writes "True story: I had an interview with Nasa Ames Research. A recruiter had called me up and said he had some Linux-oriented position for which they were hiring last year.

So I made it out to the interview, was interviewed by a couple of people, and alas, forced to work upon a Microsoft machine during the last part of the interview. I was then ridiculed because I couldn't remember off the top of my head how to get to the default C:\\command-prompt on a Microsoft Windows machine because I have been working almost exclusively on Unix variant machines for the past 4 or 5 years. I eventually got it, but almost felt like the interviewer put me in a position where I was made to look and feel stupid, despite the fact that the recruiter had told me that I was interviewing for a Unix-type position.

I was not hired. The recruiter told me it was because I don't have a car. (This info was NOT in the job description or requirements, and I'm pretty sure it is illegal to deny somebody employment for not owning a car — should I sue?). I suspect the real reason I wasn't hired was because I am a female. I suspect if I were to attempt to "fight it," I'd also lose because I'm female (well, maybe only during the Bush Administration's reign). :)

All in all, I was out almost a full day of my time, public transportation costs, and down a whole lot of hope for females in this industry.

P.S. This is the real deal Real Deal

So . . . Should and (if so) Who should I sue? The "recruiter" company or the US Government? At this point, I'm thinking the recruiter company is more liable, but just thought I'd ask for a broad opinion."

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I don't really think so... (1)

dukeofurl01 (236461) | more than 5 years ago | (#26734653)

I don't think you should sue. True, while it would get you some money in the short term, you might be blacklisted from now on.

Did they do anything illegal or just make you feel bad? You can't sue for hurt feelings. I'm sure it's not because you're a woman either. If the HR person intended to be discriminatory against women, they could probably determine your gender from your name, and wouldn't have even called you in for an interview, in which case you wouldn't have known either way.

It is not illegal to not hire somebody because they don't have a car, because it can be taken as a sign of not having reliable transportation to the workplace.

Besides, the HR person that interviewed you probably doesn't know the difference between a DOS prompt and a UNIX prompt. It's just something to do with computers.

No chance for a lawsuit. (1)

frith01 (1118539) | more than 5 years ago | (#26735939)

Unix server admins do not necessarily have Unix desktops. Lack of transportation, if they have transportation requirements for the job, are certainly reasons to not hire a person. Just like Army recruiters are less than honest, job recruiters often have very little information on what will really be required for the job position. Unless you have video recording of the interview, your chance at sucessfully winning a lawsuit are less than nothing, and with out the funds to purchase transportation, would leave you in further debt.

Take the high road, learn your lesson, and move on.

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indiejade (850391) | more than 5 years ago | (#26778381)

Fact check (I dug up the old email; apologies to Nasa Ames Research). It was actually with Lockheed Martin.

Here is the job description:

Responsible for installing, configuring and maintaining PC, Macintosh and Linux/Unix, workstations for Lockheed Martin at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. Ideal candidates will have recent experience working in a large corporate or government IT environment. Work consists of Tier 2 support providing using desk side, telephone and remote access to assist end users in resolving computer related issues. Candidate should have experience working with systems an Active Directory and familiar with various LAN configurations. Efficient troubleshooting skills and resolving problems with little or no documentation are a must. The ability to produce detailed problem descriptions and keep extensive notes must be shown on a daily basis. Position requires shift flexibility and may include night, weekend or holiday work when scheduled. Move computer related equipment up to 50lbs. Required to pass government background check.

Required Skills:

Bachelor Degree in related field or equivalent

Excellent verbal and written communication

High technical proficiency in:

MS Windows XP/2000, OS X, Linux, UNIX, MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Entourage, , Active Directory, Palm Desktop, Mozilla, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Safari and MS Remote Desktop Working knowledge of TCP/IP networking, SSH.

Desired Skills;

Technical proficiency in:

SMS, NFS, Perl, Unix shell scripting, Remedy, MS Access, Eudora, Informed Filler, Cisco VPN, Timbuktu, Tivoli, SAP, WebEx, Oracle Calendar, Thunderbird, Windows 2003 Server, Symantec Ghost

Since Microsoft is the most common OS. I would imagine the hurdle here would be to find people who know the rest of the software. I'm sure that is why they interviewed me.

Nowhere in the job description does it say anything about needing to own a car.

SO interesting about the Google doc version is that I don't recall it having so many references to MS products.

I guess since it was a government-type job, and recruiters were involved, somebody got paid for the interview. Unfortunately, that person was not me.

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