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Employment (Much easier if you're able bodied)

Roug3_D3mon99Roug3_D3mon99 Member Posts: 3 Listener
I was sent to 2 separate Remploy locations once before Christmas at the Walthamstow Branch but I wasn't able to have an interview as the lift wasn't working (not in service) and no one contacted me beforehand to let me know so another appointment was sent for me today at their Caledonian Road Branch but once again when I turned up to my surprise the lift was "out of service" again... To say I am (insert expletive) off is understatement - I just feel there isn't any real help or concrete insentive, understanding and disabled people are a burden/made to jump through so many hoops to get anywhere.
Contated DEA and It's goes without saying I won't be using them again and would recommend them either (I am not the only one who feels this way and has bad experiences with Remploy).

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  • izaiza Member Posts: 471 Pioneering
    Hi sorry to hear your bad experience. Think positive next time can be better (however, put an official complain - let them know they failed.)

  • mossycowmossycow Community champion Posts: 495 Pioneering
    Hang on,  aren't remploy supposed to specialize in employing employees with disabilities?!  We don't have a remploy near us so don't know much about them but wouldn't having a lift by a flipping basic?! 

    Crikey  makes me cross,  you must be fuming! 

    Have you been in touch with them since? I agree be positive... But your time and efforts are too valuable to be going to interviews that the employer can't follow through on because they have equipment (lift)  that they haven't repaired.  

    Especially somewhere that claims equality! 

    "I'm trying to live like a random poem I read that ended 'to bloom where we are planted"

  • rosscolfcrosscolfc Member Posts: 29 Courageous
    I have to say, and I've first hand experience of this, yes we have rights as a disabled person and yes employees have obligations to do things, but in the real world of work. It just doesn't happen! 

    Obviously in in interviews you have to disclose your disability to get the help you need to do the job but as soon as you do many backward thinking firms cross you off the list there and then. 

    Ive had interviews, and I've an "invisible disability" as soon as its mentioned the questions start flying and before you know it your a burden not an asset. 
    one interview I was even asked how regularly I have hospital appointment when I said I'm currently having physio every Monday for 1/2 hour I could see "the look"

    Ive a degree in graphics, a masters in advertising and 12 years experience with top brands but I struggled to get a job as a local entry level designer for a family firm as it was clear they had no interest in hiring someone who'd have to miss 30mins of a Monday morning! 

    I feel for everyone trying to get work with a disability, yes the rules of law are there, but no one can actually police them. It's disgraceful. 
  • MarkmywordsMarkmywords Member Posts: 421 Pioneering
    I've had an application form where it demanded to know what prescription drugs I took.

    When I told them it was illegal to do so they said I must have something to hide :/

    Good luck trying to win an Employment Tribunal which now charges a fee.
  • rosscolfcrosscolfc Member Posts: 29 Courageous
    I've had an application form where it demanded to know what prescription drugs I took.

    When I told them it was illegal to do so they said I must have something to hide :/

    Good luck trying to win an Employment Tribunal which now charges a fee.
    Good point I'd forgotten, when I was made redundant my redundancy was less than the legal fees to challenge. So I had to weigh up losing my redundancy against a multi million pound company who could afford good legal defence or just me representing myself... I had to think of my family, took my redundancy and took it on the chin :(
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