The one and only requirement was looks.
Right now in my store there are about half a dozen women of all ages that have no idea they're on the chopping block. Why? One girl is too short and doesn't wear the trendiest clothes. Another tends to wear a black & white color palette - funny, as she's one of our top sellers. Clients love her, but that's not what's important.
This language is especially trigger-y for me. I don't know that I've told this story before, but a long time ago, in a Texas far, far away, there once was an incredibly skinny blonde kid who worked as a cashier at the big red anti-Walmart. One especially unassuming shift was interrupted when a woman came through my line with her child. She looked at me and, when my head was turned, she said, "He's so disgusting. Really, he should eat a cheeseburger. This place shouldn't let people with eating disorders work here." I handed the receipt to her with tears in my eyes and she left in a huff. Coincidentally, that afternoon when I got in my car to go home, I heard a new song on the radio called 'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera. Still can't hear that song without becoming a blubbering infant.
See, Rioters, women aren't the only ones with image problems. For years and years and years - somewhat to this day - the mirror was an enemy. And, I don't take kindly when someone is discriminated against because of how they look.
Before you ask and miss the point, yes, I stood against this to my boss and our President - who echoed similar sentiments on an all-store conference call this week. Yes, I've complained to corporate, but given that our President is behind the policy, I doubt that complaint will get much of anywhere. Suffice to say, I'm actively looking for other employment, and will be handing my notice within the week.
But I'm writing all this to say that discrimination is still alive and kicking. It's pervasive and it's disgusting. It doesn't care if you're great at your job or if you get a ton of compliments by customers. It just cares if you fit some mold.
So, Rioters, what do YOU propose we do about it?
I'd actually love to hear your thoughts regarding workplace discrimination. Leave them in the comments below.
Love and Lyte,