Although I have bad hair days, my bad hair days consist of me wishing people were more accepting and tolerant rather than wishing my hair would grow back. As some of you may be aware of, I am looking for another job at the time and everyday that I go into my current job I hate it more and more. Everyday the balony grows and discrimination becomes more and more evident. I didn't get the sales job I was meant to have - everything I've done in my past, careerwise, has led me to that job. Their excuse - they are looking for a sales expert! Eventually things work their way down the grapevine and I discovered that it was because I have no hair. No one ever chooses me to help in another department other than the front end (which is considered a dead end job by the way) and those with less seniority seem to be climbing the right ladders. I volunteer, I help, I go out of my damn way to make everyone's life that much easier and better, I've become a doormat. I used to think I'd do that stuff to look good and let it help me get ahead but who am I kidding. If you live in Canada and you have alopecia - wear the damn wig to work if nowhere else! It's one thing if you have the job and lose your hair but when you lose your hair before getting the job, good luck getting your foot in the door and if you do, that's where your foot stays!
The reason I'm so adamant about my work being discriminatory is simply because they are racist as well. On Monday last week I was working with one of the other dead enders who was complaining that people treated him differently because he had dark skin. Today I actually noticed that all of the managers (except the store manager who has no hand in the hiring process and is black) and all but two people on the sales floor are white. All the colours are in the front/dead end, the people who get walked on and abused by not just the rest of the store but the customers also. Another woman I work with, also on front end, has female pattern baldness. One of our supervisors was giving us mega grief and we felt as though attitudes were not in our favour but luckily her father works there and set this manager straight, haven't had a problem with her since but she's not quite a manager either or the one responsible for my advancement. I've researched the company I work for online and found that in general they've been sued at many different locations for discrimination. It really isn't good that so many companies get away with treated people unfairly, what kind of world do we live in where people can't be treated equally with dignity and respect? How does one go about complaning or sueing them, if I even should to begin with, when it's my word against theirs? I know this discrimination exsists and face it with every new job (I go through many). I'm sick of it, I want it to end and I wanna stick my alopecian foot up all their ignorant butts and show em all what life is truly about! If anyone is aware of a more accepting country or workplace please fill me in! If you've ever had to deal with discrimination in the work world and made a difference, please, I could use your advise! I just feel like I'm doomed to hide my great and wonderful shinyness and my me-ness from now on at work. I'll have to hide it, keep it secret, lock away the key and pretend to be a moron drone like everyone else then sweep it all under a convenient doormat of ignorance. I'm not sick of alopecia, I'm sick of people!!!