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indiejade
indiejade writes "True story: I had an interview with Nasa Ames Research. A recruiter had called me up and said he had some Linux-oriented position for which they were hiring last year.

So I made it out to the interview, was interviewed by a couple of people, and alas, forced to work upon a Microsoft machine during the last part of the interview. I was then ridiculed because I couldn't remember off the top of my head how to get to the default C:\\command-prompt on a Microsoft Windows machine because I have been working almost exclusively on Unix variant machines for the past 4 or 5 years. I eventually got it, but almost felt like the interviewer put me in a position where I was made to look and feel stupid, despite the fact that the recruiter had told me that I was interviewing for a Unix-type position.

I was not hired. The recruiter told me it was because I don't have a car. (This info was NOT in the job description or requirements, and I'm pretty sure it is illegal to deny somebody employment for not owning a car — should I sue?). I suspect the real reason I wasn't hired was because I am a female. I suspect if I were to attempt to "fight it," I'd also lose because I'm female (well, maybe only during the Bush Administration's reign). :)

All in all, I was out almost a full day of my time, public transportation costs, and down a whole lot of hope for females in this industry.

P.S. This is the real deal Real Deal

So . . . Should and (if so) Who should I sue? The "recruiter" company or the US Government? At this point, I'm thinking the recruiter company is more liable, but just thought I'd ask for a broad opinion."

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  • I don't think you should sue. True, while it would get you some money in the short term, you might be blacklisted from now on.

    Did they do anything illegal or just make you feel bad? You can't sue for hurt feelings. I'm sure it's not because you're a woman either. If the HR person intended to be discriminatory against women, they could probably determine your gender from your name, and wouldn't have even called you in for an interview, in which case you wouldn't have known either way.

    It is not illegal to

  • Unix server admins do not necessarily have Unix desktops. Lack of transportation, if they have transportation requirements for the job, are certainly reasons to not hire a person. Just like Army recruiters are less than honest, job recruiters often have very little information on what will really be required for the job position. Unless you have video recording of the interview, your chance at sucessfully winning a lawsuit are less than nothing, and with out the funds to purchase transportation, woul

  • Fact check (I dug up the old email; apologies to Nasa Ames Research). It was actually with Lockheed Martin.

    Here is the job description:

    Responsible for installing, configuring and maintaining PC, Macintosh and Linux/Unix, workstations for Lockheed Martin at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California. Ideal candidates will have recent experience working in a large corporate or government IT environment. Work consists of Tier 2 support providing using desk side, telephone and remote access to assi

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