Jumped Over For Being Hired Full-Time

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being passed by for full-time positions:

I am a Substitute custodian at a very high rated school district for the past 14 months in that time 7 other sub-custodians, some only in the district less than a month and having less experience have been hired over me for full-time positions. What is the recourse if any?

Signed, Frustrated:

Dear Frustrated::

I can imagine how frustrating and disappointing it has been to have others hired when you were expecting a full-time job. We are not attorneys and do not have expertise about such issues, so you may want to consult with an attorney about it. Among the things that might be helpful would be a review of any contract you have that makes promises about hiring. Or, if you think you could show you are not being hired solely because of your age, gender, race, ethnicity or religion, that might be an issue to pursue. We focus on workplace communications and it seems communication is needed in this situation. If you receive performance evaluations look at them to see if there have been comments about any aspect of your work that could give you the answer. In addition, talk to your direct supervisor and ask him for some open and honest advice about why he or she thinks you have been jumped over in this way.

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