You’ve been preparing for the interview for weeks, your resume is top notch, and you hit it off with the office. So you’re completely shocked to learn that you didn’t get the job. You sit and wonder what went wrong. Was it something you said? Something you did? Are you simply not qualified? Or, is it something else?
There are many reasons why you might not get a job, and not all of them are discrimination. But refusal to hire could be a result of employment discrimination. Here, you can learn more about employment discrimination and if you are a victim of it.
What is Employment Discrimination and Failure to Hire?
As I’ve already stated, there are a lot of different reasons why you might not get a job. Of course, not all refusals to hire are a result of discrimination. However, all potential employees receive protection under several laws and acts. This includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), as well as local statutes. Employees have protection from several issues under these acts, including:
- Failure to hire
- Failure to interview
- Harassment of potential employees
Was it Discrimination?
It can be confusing to determine if you were not hired because of discrimination or because you don’t fit the job or company atmosphere. You might have a refusal to hire due to discrimination case if:
- You are qualified for the job that you applied for.
- The boss/interviewer got along well with you.
- You fit in well with the office atmosphere.
- Alternatively, if employees at the company were rude to you for seemingly no reason.
- You were told that you were not a good fit due to your age/race/religion/gender etc.
Connecticut also has a list of protected people that should not face discrimination. This list of protected people includes:
- National origin
- Citizenship status
- Genetic information
In addition, those in Connecticut should not face discrimination for:
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Marital status
- HIV/AIDS status
Companies that have over 15 employees in Connecticut are protected from discrimination in the workplace under Title VII. You could have a case if a potential employer cites one of the above protected reasons as a reason not to hire you. You could also have a case if an interviewer or employer lied to you or harassed you throughout the interview process.
You might have difficult proving failure to hire due to discrimination. The best thing that you can do if you are in this situation is to contact an attorney. An attorney can review your situation with you and help you determine if you should take legal action or not.