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  •  Thanks for sharing this, slink (13+ / 0-)

    This was my initial reaction:

    No wonder deaf people often have difficulty getting hired. I just finished watching the segment on the ABC "What Would You Do?" show about deaf discrimination. The most upsetting part is not the actor manager's discrimination, it is the fact that three human resources professionals "advise" the manager on how to subtly discriminate against deaf job applicants. They are essentially saying it is okay to discriminate against deaf job applicants, just hide it. The problem with hidden or subtle discrimination is that it is hard to prove.

    As bad as it is, you almost(emphasis on almost) appreciate the blatantness of the manager and the three human resources professionals are the true villains of this example though it is all unfair and immoral and that guy sucks, too. Hidden or subtle discrimination is hard to prove and the mental torture of getting rejected and not knowing if it is discrimination or not is way too frustrating, I imagine.(rejection sucks anyway. I have a hard time dealing with it but we all have to in all aspects of life)

    I can't pretend to speak to this experience obviously, but in a small way as I do have a slight disability via nerve damage in my left hand and it doesn't look normal and I hope to hide it in potential interviews.

    And from that point I just made, I honestly wouldn't mind rejection as much as long as I knew what it was about. I can't seem to find work anywhere and I don't know what it is. It's why I appreciate rejection letters if they are somewhat pointed. Maybe my personality is off putting. I have no idea and because I have no idea, it kills me. I imagine it is much worse for the deaf community, because all of the unemployed have this new BS about "don't apply for a job if you are unemployed" or if you have a long gap on your resume(I do) don't apply, anyway. That's a nice way of saying drop dead IMO and it's completely immoral.

    I can imagine a well reasoned response why you didn't get a position going to your actual experience as a person and your qualifications, rather than just getting ignored and then you know why is better than just never getting a response and have to wonder about whether one cares that one is deaf or not and whether that was the reason.

    Anyway this really sucks for the deaf community especially in a dire economic time like this one. Thank you for bringing this to our attention, slink.

    I hope more people doing this are caught like this guy.

    Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin

    by priceman on Mon Feb 07, 2011 at 11:49:35 PM PST

    •  You do realize that the manager was an actor (1+ / 0-)
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      following a loose script to model the discriminatory behavior and provoke responses.

      "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" - Samuel Johnson

      by davewill on Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 10:48:04 AM PST

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      •  I know (1+ / 0-)
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        "That guy" though does exist and I said I hope people like him are caught and as I also said the biggest villains are the real HR people and it is even more important to catch them because it is harder and what they are doing is even worse.

        Pro Life??? Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers!- George Carlin

        by priceman on Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 03:14:41 PM PST

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