Promotions denied

A hard-working gentleman whose name has been concealed due to his present employment  situation in which he explained to me in confidence. He stated that he has been employed at a certain meat-packing  plant  for ten plus years. And that management certified him as a skill and learned employee on the cut-floor in the cold department. He is  qualified on all saw tables/stations, the crayovacs (seals packages of meat) and was appointed  several years ago as trainer over the entire department to both co-workers and supervisors. He mentioned that his present supervisors also received his training and through the years each have been awarded various certificates and bonuses.

Wherefore, he has been denied promotion after promotion every 90 days in which he has applied. He never missed a day of work. His evaluations fall short of excellence. He agreed to allow me to review his employment file and its contents were impressive to say the least. Not one reprimand nor wilful misconduct. His record was most definitely not impeding a promotion. I also discovered that he never received a raise, nor bonus or award as other white employees  that he  had trained who were being honored routinely with company bonuses and other gifts. The gentleman maintains that no matter how hard he labors or volunteers  for over-time or does jobs others refuse to do, the decision makers simply ignores all his efforts of expertise.

In Pottsville, Iowa a few years ago the government discovered  massive violations of human and civil rights violations  from child slavery, to fraud, to altering official U.S. documents, People who had no official names, place of birth and whatever lawless act that you can name has happened more than a dozen times.  A  federal task force should investigate more of these types of businesses in every state.

Furthermore, he stated that if he were white there would not be an issue concerning him being in the supervisor position. I replies to the gentleman and recommended that he record his craft with hydraulics, pneumatics and cutting tools as well as his training of  co-workers and supervisors into one sparking resume. I strongly suggested that he get that resume out in email and snail mail. It’s possible, I’m certain that there are dozens of companies searching the web and employment centers for an individual with his dexterity and proficiency regardless of the color of his skin. 

What would you do, the reader of this post? Would you part the waves or fight a losing battle?

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