Single and Discrimination

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  1. Michael Willis profile image75
    Michael Willisposted 9 years ago

    As I have posted a few months ago, I was called back to work full-time. This is a good thing.

    The Issue:......I finally found out why I was laid-off in the first place.
    I Was Single...I don't need a job as much as a married person or someone who may have a kid.....hmmm and this company owner has wall posters of his "Christian belief as part of his business ethics." (Hypocritical)

    I know in Arkansas...this is Illegal and Discrimination.
    Why the hell then do married couples BOTH work? If one is laid off, at least one salary comes in and may put food on the table, but 0 (zero) salary may mean NO food!

    I have also noticed in many other situations where a single person is perceived and treated in a lower class way just because they are single. 

    Well, if I was to honestly and truthfully say my opinion on post would be deleted or reported!!! many other singles here have met with discrimination or seen this just because someone is single?

  2. Ohma profile image69
    Ohmaposted 9 years ago

    The entire welfare system for starters. Married baby makers can stay on it as long as they make babies but a single person just trying to find work can not even get medical and food from them.

    1. Michael Willis profile image75
      Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Discrimination of a "single person" is a major issue with me.  It is one that most in society seems to deem OK, but it is not. Discrimination is discrimination.

  3. Ohma profile image69
    Ohmaposted 9 years ago

    I would agree. My son who is divorced and does not have custody of his kids has had to move back home for mush the same situation as you mentioned above. He is looking for work but in the meantime child support and medical bills that I cannot help with just keep piling up and nobody cares. he has had 4 heart attacks since 2003 and yet he can not even get the prescriptions he needs to prevent future attacks from our wonderful welfare system.
    While in the mean time his ex has complete medical, cash and close to 1000 a month in food stamps. but we have the kids every weekend.

    1. Michael Willis profile image75
      Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly. I should have called a lawyer as soon as I found out why I was laid off after I was the only person in the year I was with this company that brought jobs in way under budget.  and the "Married" guys did not.
      But...I didn't.  Makes me think of the phrase "Fool me once, shame on you...fool me twice, shame on me!"  lol, Screw me twice and I will call that lawyer!!!!!

  4. Michael Willis profile image75
    Michael Willisposted 9 years ago

    Late here and I need to get to bed. I will check back tomorrow after work to see responses. NIGHT!

  5. Richieb799 profile image76
    Richieb799posted 9 years ago

    Ive been in this situation before, it seems like you get privileges for the quicker you start a family these days

  6. Cagsil profile image77
    Cagsilposted 9 years ago

    I agree. It's a rights issue. And, it demands/warrants attention.

    It is clearly a discrimination/defamation violation.

    It discriminates against you because you're a single person.

    It defames you because the decision was based on religious ethics.

    Nice lawsuit coming. lol

  7. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    To me, those who are married need the job less than I do. If I was laid off I would have nothing, most of the married people I know at work have a spouse who also works.

    I understand that is necessary for both members of a married to work in some cases, but it does not make them more important than someone who has only one source of income.

    I notice that the single people where I work are usually the hardest workers also, those with kids get many breaks for missing time, making personal calls 5 times a day, etc.

    1. Origin profile image60
      Originposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen this firsthand a few times in the past couple years. For some reason, at least from my personal experiences, it's always the man getting laid off while the wife continues working. I'm single, and I was pretty much screwed when I was laid off.

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        Precious Williamsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I don't think you can generalise.  I'm married but I am a carer for my husband so when I lost my job it was a serious issue. As Cagsill says this is a clear case of discrimination. Discrimination is wrong for anyone - single, married - whatever. Michael you should go after them.

  8. Ivorwen profile image66
    Ivorwenposted 9 years ago

    Where my husband works, seniority plays a big roll in the lay off order, as does local -- if you are a traveling worker, you will be laid off before a local person.

    They also make decisions based on the # of incomes in a home.  They will keep a one income family/single longer than a two income situation. 

    All forms of decision making involve some sort of discrimination. Apple or banana?  When faced with two things, and having to pick one, there will be deciding factors.  These factors can always be viewed as discrimination.

  9. Michael Willis profile image75
    Michael Willisposted 9 years ago

    Thanks everyone for the responses. it is an issue I have gone through many times and it gets old dealing with it. At least in the workplace, if provable, there is recourse.
    Other situations like restaurants, company gatherings and the worst I have been through was at Churches. So, I stay away from organized religion.

    As for viewed as discrimination...well when the owner of the company tells one of the "single workers when he was laid-off" that he doesn't need the job as much as married people or those with kids. Single people should have a huge savings since they have NO expenses. The owner also asked the single person, where is the money you have made? What have you blown it all on?

    Hmmm, he had no high dollar fishing boat, ATV, RV, multi-level home in the rich neighbor hood as many of the married couples who bought homes out of their range.
    The money made had gone for food, electricity, insurance, auto, taxes (so many different taxes to pay and necessities.
    The guy was in his late 40's, but a supervisor and very equipped for the job the same as I was and still am. And of course when business started back up...the first hired...was an apprentice that was a young minister (same church affiliation as the business owner)and married. Another re-hire who had been fired several times and record of worthless work habit and productivity. But...divorced, but had kids.
    Finally I was called back...and I went back since I needed the work, but.....I do not have the same feeling of loyalty for the company as I did before. That would be very dumb to do. The work will be at the highest level as possible, because that is just how I work.

  10. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

    A woman at work said that to me. She figured since I live in an apartment that I should have lots of money. Never mind that I probably pay twice a month in rent what she pays for her mortgage. After food, bills and some clothes I just break even most months.

    Single people do not get any breaks at tax time either.

    1. Michael Willis profile image75
      Michael Willisposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I totally see what you are saying. People act shocked that I have Bills to pay. Bills are the same for everyone. One huge difference is being single I do not over spend and buy things out of  my financial range. lol, I can't afford to.

  11. Misha profile image66
    Mishaposted 9 years ago

    Life is not fair tongue


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