Yesterday my wife and I went to ‘Arby’s’ restaurant for lunch. As we pulled into the parking lot their sign outside displayed,
“Hiring; Apply Inside”.
We parked and I told my wife I had to use the bathroom so I walked back to the restroom and as I did so I passed a teen boy who was filling out an application. So far nothing out of sorts, all appears okay.
After I had washed my hands I went to the counter to join my wife. The counter had a stack of applications and to my left stood a young woman holding a completed application. One of the managers approached the counter from the other side and asked if the woman had finished. Here is part of the conversation.
“Yes” The woman extended her completed application to the manager.
“Okay thanks. Right now we’re only hiring for a maintenance man. But I’ll keep your application on file and if something turns up I’ll give you a call.”
There is some more usually back and forth and then the female applicant left ‘Arby’s’. After I got our food I sat down at a table with my wife and after a few minutes the teen boy took his application to the counter, he was told to sit down. A few minutes later a different manager exited the door to the back area and took a seat with the teen boy. They talked about the application, the maintenance requirements and his band talents. After a few minutes the manager stood and told the teen boy they would be in touch.
Now this appears to be outright discrimination of a male manager against a female job applicant, but don’t jump that far ahead. The manager that talked to the female applicant was also a female.
YES a female manager told a female job applicant that no position was available except maintenance person and they did not even grant her an interview, just sent her on her way.
In our small town jobs are difficult to come by. There is a town 16 miles away that is much larger, but some here where I live are so poor they do not even have a car. So an open job gets many applications. I wish the female manager realized what she had done, because it proves that even female managers do not view other females capable of doing the same job as a man.
Before you judge the job of maintenance person at a restaurant, the work is not difficult and ANYONE can do it. I worked in restaurant management for 11 years. I would have given her an interview.