In a random Google search I came across a forum discussing whether or not to hire a foreign Au Pair. I was saddened to see the discussion of “background checks.” One contributor stated that their family had had the following “bad experience”:
They hired an au pair. They stated that the young woman had been thoroughly screened by the agency. After her arrival, this family discovered the young woman had been in a mental hospital in her country for eight months. The parents were shocked to hear this. They blamed the agency for not screening properly, sent the young woman home to her parents, and vowed they would never hire another au pair again.
They did not state how they discovered the woman’s history. Perhaps it was by an overhead conversation with a relative or friend over the telephone. Or perhaps the au pair had no clue of the bigotry she would face upon confession of her background. The forum post mentioned no irresponsible behavior on the part of the au pair, nor anything objectionable she actually did. I’m sure the poster would have mentioned harm to the children, had this occurred. In fact, from the looks of things, they fired her on the spot, furious, assuming she was a subhuman monster, with no actual evidence that she was anything but a well-screened au pair who was a good match for the family.
Their loss, right?
I hope she got a better job for herself elsewhere. I wouldn’t want to work for employers who were bigots, either.
I know people who have fought such discrimination cases and won. In the case of a foreigner, for sure it’s not even worth the time and effort. Even in clear-cut domestic discrimination cases, I’d run away fast rather than pursue and win your job back.
Who wants to work for a bigot? If you win your job back, they’ll make it miserable for you. Best to leave, go elsewhere, call it a loss, then win your case some other way. Yes, these things will come back to haunt them, never fear.