OUTRAGE: Female Veteran Denied a Job by Macy’s Because She’s ‘Been To War’

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by Gina Cassini | Top Right News

This one will really make your blood boil if you have the respect and admiration for our troops that you should. A female Army veteran named Kayla Reyes was turned down from a sales position at Macy’s for a reason which has left the department store under fire. She was told that her experiences fighting in the war in Afghanistan disqualify her from the position. The hiring manger did not want someone with Kayla’s “mindset” on her sales floor.

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I would sure like to know exactly what “mindset” that ridiculous woman was referring to. Was it the mindset that Kayla has which protected our freedom? Was it the mindset that another life is more important than your own? Was it the mindset that this is the greatest country on Earth and our freedoms must be protected in order for them to be maintained? We will probably never know the idiotic reasoning that was floating around in that woman’s mind.

What we do know, is how the whole world found out about Macy’s regrettable decision not to hire Kayla. When she was turned down, she immediately shared the news with her Facebook friends in a post which is pictured below:

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Kayla’s friends began sharing the post and it soon went viral, much to the dismay of Macy’s.

Kayla says her job interview took a turn for the worst when the hiring manager began to ask about her four-year service in the Army, which included a one-year deployment to Afghanistan. Kayla, now 21, enlisted when she was just 17. She says that she was told by the Macy’s hiring manager:

“Being that you’ve been over there, you wouldn’t really know how to approach people. Once a customer’s in your face, you wouldn’t know how to do it. You wouldn’t know how to react. I’ve been here 15 years, I know you wouldn’t be able to do good here. There’s another job in loss prevention. That’s what you’re good for–that’s what you do.”

Something tells me that if Kayla can react to the constant threat of IED’s and the Taliban, she can most certainly point a customer towards the shoe department.

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This is outrageous. Our veterans should be given first priority when companies are hiring. If the fact that a person risked their life for this country is not the most compelling sign of good character, then I don’t know what is. Macy’s has since recanted their previous response to Reyes’ application for employment and offered her a job in response to the backlash they have received. Reyes turned down the position. Who could blame her? As is to be expected, the Army vet has more pride than to accept the offer of the department store after they came crawling back to her in an attempt to save face. Instead, she accepted a position working for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

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Here’s the statement that was released by Macy’s Vice President of Media, Betsy Nelson:

“Employing veterans is a priority at Macy’s, and we have proudly hired thousands to work within our stores and corporate organization. Our commitment to veterans is strong, as we recognize that veterans possess leadership skills that we find are essential in a dynamic department store environment. Ms. Reyes’ application for a position with Macy’s is, in fact, still under consideration as we continue to consider the types of retail jobs that may be available. We are actively looking for an appropriate open position that would be best suited for her skills and experience level, as we do with all prospective employees.”

That’s all fine and dandy, but we all know that if Reyes’ rejection hadn’t gone viral, her application for employment would not still be “under consideration” by the department store.

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Tell us how you feel about this story in the comments section. Will you think twice now before shopping at Macy’s?


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