The GOM went for his mediation meeting this morning with the company where he'd been doing work placement and where he had been offered a position, but later, after two medicals, the offer had been rescinded. The rescinding of the offer came as a surprise to the manager at the time, who had already arranged two shifts for the GOM.
So, we cried discrimination because he'd passed two medicals and been signed up for shifts and then the offer was rescinded on the grounds of his having put that he had athritis in his knees on his first medical assessment form.
Today he met with the human resource manager, the facility manager who had offered him the job in the first place, two other representatives from the company (I can't remember who) and a mediation officer from the anti-discrimination commission to try and sort this out.
So, the outcome?
The outcome was that the company presented two medical reports saying the GOM was not able to carry out the full range of Personal Care Attendant duties required of him for the position.
They said he had not even been given an offer of a job.
Basically, they chose to lie.
When asked why both the medical examiners would have said to the GOM that he was clear to work; the second one saying this also to the manager in front of the GOM and then write up reports to saying he wasn't clear to work, they said they couldn't comment on that.
When asked why the manager would tell the GOM he had the job after the two medicals were complete and send him to arrange two shifts; one for that week, one for the following week. They disputed this had even occurred.
During the meeting the manager who offered the GOM the job did not make eye contact with him.
As conciliation they offered to write the GOM a non-prejudicial reference letter and they offered him a small sum of money. A mutual confidentiality agreement is to be signed by both parties.
So, there you have it.
Anti-discrimination laws aren't worth the paper they are written on when the people in the power positions have no integrity and are more than happy to lie their way out of inconvenient situations.
This is also why I no longer have any faith in so-called 'equal opportunity employers'. Sure it looks good on the advertisement to say that, but in the end if they don't want to employ you, they'll just lie and claim you are incapable of doing the job - even when you have been doing for weeks already without any complaints (when the GOM pointed this out, they actually suggested that no complaints might just be their staff covering for his inadequacies).
Today I am bitter.