A veteran is claiming she was discriminated against during an interview with a hiring manager at Macy’s. According to the veteran, the hiring manager told her she wasn’t good with people because she had been in Afghanistan. She was told that if a customer began yelling in her face, she would not be able to handle it. Macy’s said that the company takes pride in hiring veterans, but did not reference any of the things said by the hiring manager. Macy’s has still not apologized to the veteran.
A woman from Madera, Calif., claims she was discriminated against during a job interview at Macy’s in Fresno. It wasn’t due to the fact that she is a woman, she says it was because she’s a military veteran.
Army Specialist Kayla Reyes, 21, returned home from Afghanistan after a nearly year-long deployment and began looking for employment opportunities. She is still enlisted in the National Guard.
Reyes told TheBlaze on Friday that she interviewed for a sales associate position at Macy’s in February. What she was reportedly told by the hiring manager disturbed her, making her feel like her military service was somehow now a burden in civilian life.
Operating from what Reyes says is a misconception about former military personnel, the veteran claims the hiring manager was focused on her time at war.
Reyes confirmed that she was told “you wouldn’t really know how to approach people” because she’s “been over there” — meaning Afghanistan.
“Once a customer’s in your face, you wouldn’t know how to do it. You wouldn’t know how to react,” Reyes recalled the hiring manager saying.
In addition to her military service, Reyes also has past retail experience, which should make her an easy hire. Instead, she was allegedly told that she “wouldn’t be able to do good here.” She was told that perhaps a job in “loss prevention” would be a better fit.