Discrimination & Whistle blowing - Would you hire this nurse again? - page 6

I was discriminated against when I applied for a job. In other words, a job offer at a hospital was rescinded due to their discrimination against me. I sued them and won. Now my name is all over... Read More

  1. by   BlueDevil,DNP
    With due respect, two lawsuits? No, I would not hire you and I do not think many people will consider you. I also fear that advanced nursing practice may fail to solve the dilemma for you as well. While there are more M-F 9-5 opportunities available for APNs, you are somewhat "radioactive" shall we say, and being a NP isn't going to change that.

    My advice to you is to seek out quite a few volunteer gigs (highly respected ones- remote area medical, mission trips abroad, etc. walking for breast cancer just aint gonna cut it), research opportunities, and kiss up to your professors and preceptors like you have never kissed up to anyone before in your life. You are going to need straight As and simply stellar letters of recommendation from high profile people with serious "street cred" to overcome your own internet biography. That is the only way you are ever going to get an interview. And then you better rock that interview. If you know that you don't interview well (and I mean you better be more charming than Puss-in-Boots, with genuine Bill Clinton charisma) then get professional coaching. Get wardrobe consultants, make-up artists and a $200 haircut. You have a tremendous hurdle to overcome that none of the other 10,000 new grads will have.

    And I'll tell you the truth. Unless you cure AIDS as a grad student, I probably still wouldn't hire you. Nobody wants a problem employee, and you have trouble written all over your resume. But I really do wish you good luck.
  2. by   JSlovex2
    If religious people can be exempt from working certain days, does this mean people who aren't religious can be exempt too? What defines a religion anyway? Maybe it's my religion not to miss my children's school events. Since I don't ask to be off on Sundays, can I be off on a Tuesday or Wednesday if my kid is going to be in a play? I think religious exemptions border on ridiculousness personally.

    Unrelated, but this reminds me of when I worked with a lot of smokers, I used to tell my boss (when I was working in a restaurant) that I was going to go take an "I don't smoke break." I also thought it was funny when people who didn't believe in working on certain days would go out to eat. You don't believe in working on Sunday, but not enough that you'll stop supporting a business who requires employees to work?

    I never understood nurses who don't want to participate in blood transfusions either. Maybe instead of expecting everyone to accomodate your religious beliefs, you should tailor your job to your beliefs. If I didn't believe in abortions then I probably wouldn't apply to work in an abortion clinic. If I didn't believe in blood transfusions then I might not work at a hospital. Common sense trumps nothing, I guess.
  3. by   joanna73
    Quote from SunshineSmile
    There are enough Jews that would want Saturdays off and enough Christians that want Sundays off. I think it's a fair trade if the Jews offer to work on Sundays for the Christians and the Christians work Saturdays for the Jews. The religious Christians should be happy that there is someone who is willing to work for their Sundays so they could go to church, which is basically what I offered.
    First off, I respect all cultures and religions, even if those beliefs are not my own. However, let me play Devil's Advocate here for a minute. As a coworker already working the floor for years and years, patiently waiting my turn for my weekend nights off in the rotation, and in comes a new hire who has special accomodation. Great for you, bad for me. Why should I care that you need weekend nights off for ANY reason? We all have a life. What you're expecting is unreasonable. Either go PRN or find a M-F position. Employers do not have to work around you. Their first mandate is filling the schedule.
  4. by   Mas Catoer
    Some employers would see what you call as accommodation is more as privileges though it concerns about religion. If the scheduling system run into scrambled just to accommodate you then they inevitable have to do something about that might make you fall into a misfortune. I still don't understand how it can be called as discrimination if the scheduling need is compromised just to accommodate you. Unless there were equal number of employees to make trade of.

    Once you deliberately sued them. And you happened to win. I might say you career in nursing could have come to its end, unless you establish your own clinic. Most of employers use to dig down most of applicant's track record.

    Just my thought.
    Last edit by Mas Catoer on Nov 8, '12
  5. by   Joveta
    Well i didn't read all the comments but i can tell you,the same thing happened to me,three or four times,but i didn't sue.I always tell them i need Sunday off to go to church,and 99% of the times they will say ''No Problems" you can have Sunday and Monday off,three months later,and my new schedule will have all the Sunday ''ON". So i usually quit after 3 months.I am surprised you even won ,they usually just lie to you and agree to all your requests than they change their minds.
  6. by   VICEDRN
    change your last name or put a different last name on your resume? I can't believe that people are proactive enough to google you at every job anyway but legally changing your name might help if the situation fits.
  7. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    Oh my. Good luck with those assumptions should you ever get hired in a hospital again. Wow.

    Quote from SunshineSmile
    There are enough Jews that would want Saturdays off and enough Christians that want Sundays off. I think it's a fair trade if the Jews offer to work on Sundays for the Christians and the Christians work Saturdays for the Jews. The religious Christians should be happy that there is someone who is willing to work for their Sundays so they could go to church, which is basically what I offered.
  8. by   cienurse
    Perhaps you should try to find a job where the patient population is of your religion and the facility observes the Sabbath. Staff who do not observe Sabbath work those hours and those that do observe are placed on other shifts to accomodate that. Then you wouldn't have to go around sueing every place of employment because you feel entitled to be accomodated!
  9. by   StudentNurseKitteh
    This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. The fact that you WON your first lawsuit on the basis of "discrimination" is a sad commentary on our judicial system. The entire world does not have to "accommodate" my or your religious practices. Being asked to work Saturdays is NOT "oppressive". When the Puritans fled "religious persecution" it was so they could practice their religion without being harassed. Asking you to fulfill the requirements of EMPLOYMENT that are expected of all other employees in that position is not persecution, oppression, or discrimination. If you are so set on observing the Sabbath, you need to be self-employed. Then you can do as you please. But as long as you are receiving pay for work, YOU are the one who needs to conform to the requirements of the position - the employer does NOT have to make exceptions for YOU. You seem to be an unreasonable, selfish, litigious person and that is not the type of person I want caring for my patients.
  10. by   Guttercat
    Let me get this right. The OP knowingly applied for a position in a facility that requires 24/7 staffing, and then sues them because she cannot/will not meet the work requirements of the facility?

    I'm just...slack jawed over this.


    The "well I'd work if I were in Israel, but this is America!" justification the OP offered up is a choice example of the entitlement syndrome in our country.

    If I know I can not meet an employer's work requirements, why would I apply, and then sue when turned down? Unbelievable.
  11. by   monkeybug
    I had a DON tell me, point blank, that I was being turned down for a promotion due to my health. I didn't sue, I didn't even go to the EEOC. I didn't want to poop where I eat, and around here there are few nursing opportunities that are not in some way related to this employer. I'm an observant Christian, and I hate working on Christmas and Easter. Especially Easter, since this is not a celebration I can reschedule to fit my needs. I put my time in working the holidays for years, and missing church every other week. I finally found a job that will allow me to attend to my religious duties, NOT because I think I deserve it over others, but because our office is closed these days. If I ever need to go back to my old employer, it's possible because I didn't sue or file complaint (even though I had every right to do so) and I still got what I want. Win-win for everyone.
  12. by   Pistachio
    I think it's really digesting that you won a lawsuit over refusing to work. So much for helping the sick I guess. I have to wonder if the earlier poster is right and this is a troll thread. You can't really think that not being able to make your own special choice schedule is discrimination can you? You could have and should have chosen a different career if that was so much a problem for you. If I were a hiring manager and knew this I wouldn't hire you for any position every anywhere because of your dishonesty.
  13. by   BuckyBadgerRN
    A $40,000 payout for never having worked a day in the facility? Yep, that's leave a bad taste in a potential HR managers mouth....