Posted on Jul 31, 2017
SFC Michael Sanderson
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I recently retired after 27 yrs of service and applied for a job posting I knew I was fully qualified for. However during the job interview, the company co-owner stated they did not know if they were willing to take a chance on me with zero civilian experience. Two weeks later I was called and told I did not get the job because of this fact. Is this legal and was I discriminated against?
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Capt Seid Waddell
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There is no law to the best of my knowledge that says a private company must hire someone they don't wish to hire. Many companies have internal policies ensuring non-discrimination and many also give veterans an edge in hiring.

However, I would not care to work for a company that looked down on my service.
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SFC Michael Sanderson
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Thank you for your feed back Capt Waddell. I just felt odd when the co-owner said it aloud to me not having civilian experience as a disqualifier. I really did not know how to respond to her. It came across to me as a discriminator since I've served 27 of my 46 years on this earth serving my country I love. Beside that single fact, I am confidant I was the most qualified candidate for the position posted. Like you stated though, I do not want to work for a company that holds this against me or views this as a weakness for a job.
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Capt Seid Waddell
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Exactly. It is their loss - and it is your gain to find out what kind of a work environment they have there.

It has been my experience that hard-core lefties are anti-military and arrogant about it. The best way to deal with them is through the rear view mirror.
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CW3 Assistant Special Agent In Charge (Asac)
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I am running into an issue similar but different in that my civilian job of many years is preventing me from obtaining any specialty assignments and affecting my promotability score simply because I am still a military reservist. While this is a clear violation of law, I cannot *definitively* prove it, even though I have been told this by people in confidence who are "in the know." It's unfortunate that the situation you describe and mine still affects veterans and there seems to be little that we can do.
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SFC Michael Sanderson
SFC Michael Sanderson
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This particular job was right up my alley since I was applying for a Program Manager over a Gov contract that has DCMA oversight. I retired 3 months ago from a 2 year assignment as a DCMA Gov Ground Rep having oversight of civilian contracts. I was assigned to a civilian facility for those two years. Doesn't make sense to me why the company I was applying for didn't want me with my experience, but I guess from what I'm hearing from you and others this is happening to many of us Veterans.
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SGT Dave Tracy
SGT Dave Tracy
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The Chief's situation is a little different in that he is still in Uncle Sam's employ as a Reservist; thereby (potentially, most likely really) making what these companies are doing illegal. While it never happened to ma, I do know a few guys whose Reservist status made civilian employers either not hire them, make their employment difficult or pushed them out the door. But as you allude to Chief, "knowing" and "Proving" are two different animals.

Based on what you wrote about their (supposed) civilian work experience requirements, the company you applied to is being shortsighted and douchey, but its not illegal (to be shortsighted and douchey) as you are retired as opposed to being currently employed in the Reserves or Guard.

Now--and I'm not saying you should do this if you can, but--my guess is you may have contacts that could be leveraged AGAINST the company that was being so douchey to you, and a well placed narrative of your experience with the aforementioned business might be a source of irritation to them; it may not derail their government contracts, but it may negatively affect their brand, which they may be sensitive to. Just putting that out there. Not saying you should do it, but its a thought.
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LCDR T.J. Smith
LCDR T.J. Smith
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I was looking for a job earlier this year and you can definitely tell that they don't like having reservist. The potential for deployment and training can be a huge burden for some companies. Small companies the most who will have to hold your job while deployed and bring someone in temporary to do your job.
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Sgt Wayne Wood
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Walk away... do you REALLY want to work for losers who think so little of the military?
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