Office Max Complaint - Hired then fired next day because of surgery scar

Review by disabled+fired on 2007-04-12
LANCASTER, PA 17601, PENNSYLVANIA -- I am disbled and I need your help...

Red Rose Commons
1700-B Fruitville Pike
Lancaster, PA 17601
Phone: 717-481-9886

Please phone-in or mail your complaint on my behalf.


I went through the training and arrived for my first day of work on Thursday, April 12, 2007 15 minutes early. Before I could even start working my supervisor and manager were in the hallway talking and looked up at me 3 times. They said for me to remove my hat. I was called into the office and was informed it wasn’t going to work out. Note I didn’t even begin a full first day of work yet for them to have an evaluation. Also no 90-day probation period was observed.

Moments after removing my hat I was asked to leave and that I was not going to work out. I had just moved to Lancaster, PA from Hanover, PA based on having this job that I was told was mine. I was given praise during the application period. I also passed the drug testing. Now I am without this job and it is because I have a surgery mark on my left side of my head.

What can I do?

I want to fight this the whole way as they treated me unfairly.

Comments:13 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-04-12
Posted by *Brenda* on 2007-04-12:
So you wore a hat throughout the whole application timeframe?
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2007-04-12:
Why did they tell you they were letting you go? And how does a scar make you "disabled"?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-12:
To much missing info on this post.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-12:
Can you prove they fired you because of your scar, or are you just saying this to get back at them when you yourself broke the rules.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-12:
Brenda, that was my first thought as well. Mr. J, what is your disability? Sadly people's looks play a part with jobs where you are dealing with the public. Please explain to us how you even got interviewed with a hat on?
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-12:
His "disability" could be anything. It could be laziness, he could be too lazy to work like he is supposed to and claim that as a disability, or maybe his disability is talking to and getting along with others without swearing. OR maybe his disability is breaking the rules at work and claiming he was fired because he has a disability. Maybe his disability is being honest with himself.
Posted by *Brenda* on 2007-04-12:
Well, let me just say that I worked at Office Max when I was 16, 6 years ago. In the store I worked at, we had a disabled man as an electronics associate. He was VERY disabled. It was hard to understand what he said, he was in a wheelchair, his arms flailed, and he was one of the most admired associates there. The managers knew that he was knowledgable and knew he didn't let his disabilty or inability to speak well get in the way of him doing a good job.
Posted by MRM on 2007-04-12:
That was a touching story Brenda... I'd say file a lawsuit for discrimination which is "disability."
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-04-12:
Sure would help if we could get a bit more detail from the OP as to if it was in fact the scar that caused the problem. The OP says it was but then claims a disability. I guess a scar can be a disability?
Posted by Starlord on 2007-05-19:
ghostbuster, you obviously know nothing about disabilities. You have a disability we refer to as a recto-cranial inversion. You might find someone who can give you a definition. If we who do suffer with disabilities didn't have to put up with creepazoids like you, or stare at us or ask dumb questions or make other hurtful remarks, we would be much happier and less likely to call other people creepazoids.
Posted by kiko13 on 2008-05-29:
May be your story is true, but maybe it is not. It may they concerned your behavior, because it can be very important in a work environment. If you overview this site;


then you will see, that everything is possible by Office Max. I am the proof of it.

If you have enough money, than you may have chance on your case. In most cases the truth is where is the money, but if you are truthful, strong enough, and ready for a very long battle, which probably will take years, than go ahead. Be careful about the lawyers, they will like your money, till you have it.

One police officer told to me; in this country the criminals have more rights than you. At the first I shocked... No comments.
Posted by Failalot on 2009-04-12:
Erm...A disability is, as I remember from my college classes, defined as
(a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such individual;
(b) a record of such impairment; or
(c) being regarded as having such an impairment.

So...What's the impairment? I don't think it's an unreasonable question, as what's being claimed here is a huge offense. Being inquisitive and demanding information in exchange for a decision to support or not doesn't make anyone a 'creepazoid'. It just makes us smart.
Posted by madconsumer on 2009-04-12:
there is far to much missing info here. one cannot be terminated over a scar.

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