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Taylor Hayes
Orlando, FL

On July 5th, 2010 I was given an Interview at a very well known company. Everything at first seemed like a regular interview (i.e. I was asked a series of questions and was told to call back about the hours I would be attending my University since I was starting soon, etc…). It was a great interview and I really felt great about the job. I thought the manager really liked me. Some time went by from last I spoke with her so I decided to give her a call. We briefly spoke on the 21st of July and she informed me she would call me back. She didn’t. So in attempt to show my eagerness to work at this place I decided to again call her since she never called. I could not believe what happened next. It completely made me reanalyze who I thought she appeared to be. When I asked her had she finished the hiring and interviewing process, the manager told me because I was “urban” (Black) that I quote on quote “fit better in an urban environment”; the urban environment being the same establishment but at a location where it houses many low income African Americans and other people of color. I was disconcert, mortified, and felt because I am African American that in some way I was less valuable because of my race despite me receiving a degree prior to me applying.

So in an attempt to seek justice, I filed a complaint with the EEOC. I wish I had known better. I ended up during the course of a long 2 years with two investigators who sat on my case and purposefully did nothing. My first investigator was a man who out the gate was unprofessional and disrespectful. And to make matters worse he “retired” in the middle of my case without him nor the EEOC sending me any notifications of him doing so. My next Investigator a female was no better either. If I did not contact her, she didn’t contact me. It came to the point where after continuously asking about my case, she gave me a right to sue in September after she couldn’t find anything against the manager. I shortly after asked for my files from my case and unsurprisingly haven’t gotten anything back and/or a call back from Carine J.M. whom I was to call if I had any questions.

I have learned over the course of my case that the EEOC isn’t for everyone. According to Ricardo Jones a former Investigator for the EEOC, they are known for getting cuts for cases they purposefully do not take care of and I believe this is what happened to me. PLEASE HELP ME IN GETTING MY FILES FOR MY CASE!

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