[Jobs] Employer Frustration....

Jeremy Richards jeremy.richards7 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 21:31:26 UTC 2018

I agree with your general point to some extent, but my perspective is that one must be an incredibly simple person if they take a single example and generalize to an entire population. Most people are not like this at all since most reasonably intelligent individuals come across enough different people and situations not to immediately stereotype unless they have certain long-held, ill-founded beliefs. Anyone whom carried a trait such as you’ve described would very quickly extinguish him/her contribution to the human gene pool. 


From: Jobs <jobs-bounces at nfbnet.org> On Behalf Of James Gagnier via Jobs
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Subject: Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....


This was not a blunder.  A blunder happens by accident. This was done on purpose. Common curtesy would be to inform the employer that you are no longer interested in the job not just ignore them.  I’ll be curious how long the other job he/she  has will be there when a similar thing happens with his new employer.

I’m willing to bet that this behavior isn’t a one time occurance. 


We as blind people have enough problems obtaining employment.  I hope that the company in question, Keystone will realize that this was only one person and not paint all blind people with the same brush.  Were I the employer, I would be leary before seeking a blind person to work as an employee again.  


Unfortunately, we say that not all blind people are the same, and it’s true, but the reality is, that people no matter how much they want to believe it, will always remember that type of behavior and associate it to all blind people.  This can be said of all persons with a variety of disabilities and people of different ethnic backgrounds and nationalities.   


Like it or not, when someone meets a blind person, that person is a representative of all other blind people.  That blind person’s attitude will reflect on all other blind people this individual is likely to meet, and shape his/her impression of all of us. 


I truly hope that this person’s attitude has not damaged all blind people’s reputations with Keystone.



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               Suns like this person did not conduct himself as a professional, especially since this employer went through a lot of trouble for this person.  Perhaps we all can learn from this person’s blunder and not make the same mistake twice.  




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Subject: Re: [Jobs] Employer Frustration....


Dear Members of the Jobs and Rehab Listservs,


I wanted to share with all of you this note that I received from Carli Metze of Keystone, one of the employers that attended our 2017 Job Fair.  Please read it.  They went to a lot of effort to provide an employment opportunity for an individual who just never showed up because he got a different job.  


What a bum thing to do!  When anyone treats an employer this way, they make us all look bad. Blind people have a difficult enough time getting jobs without this.


On behalf of the NFB, I want to apologize to Karli, Christina, and Keystone for the way they were treated.  And if you are still on this list, individual who treated them this way, time to apologize! 


Dick Davis, Chair
NFB Employment Committee


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From: Carli Metze <mailto:cmetze at KeystoneBlind.org> 
Sent: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 12:46 PM
To: Dick Davis <mailto:ddavis at blindinc.org> 
Cc: Cristina Hittle <mailto:chittle at keystoneblind.org> 
Subject: Employer Frustration....
Importance: High


Good afternoon, Dick!


I wanted to reach out to you on behalf of our organization. 


As you know, Keystone has career opportunities at this time under a Federal Contract to staff a mailroom contract in Western, PA. The application process in itself is quite lengthy and invasive as it requires the applicant to not only undergo a State Criminal background check, credit check and drug testing, but also a Federal Background investigation. The federal background check is what is called an “SF86” which is a lengthy 137 page document that dives into the applicants life history including address history, education, employment, military histories, marital status history, a list of individuals to verify each portion of the information provided, relatives, foreign contacts, psychological & emotional health, police record, financial record, technology usage, non-criminal actions and terroristic associations, to name a few items on the check.


We offer each candidate an opportunity to come tour our facilities, meet staff and employees, provide relocation assistance, transportation assistance, and many other options.


The purpose of my email is to bring to your attention that we recently had an applicant get through the pre-vetting portion of our hiring process, who showed extreme interest in the position. So much interest, that he planned a week-long tour here in Pennsylvania. It takes our entire agency working together to plan a site-tour, as there are many people involved, and different strategies set in place to make this a smooth operation for an individual to come and meet with us to ensure this opportunity is the best fit for them. The applicant had laid out full details of his visit with us, and we prepared the extensive tour for him. He was to arrive in Pennsylvania on Sunday, August 5th. He told us which hotel he would be staying at, and that he would be bringing a friend with him. 


Come Monday morning, I had not heard from the applicant at all. I began to worry. I called his phone number and left several messages, we called the hotel he was to be staying at. The hotel informed us that there was no one there by that name, nor was there a reservation made in that name. Our agency began to panic, thinking something was wrong, or something terrible happened. 


Low and behold, after getting ahold of one of his personal references from his application, we were informed that he “could not believe that he would not have the common courtesy to inform us that he accepted a job elsewhere.” 


I guess I wanted to share the frustration with you on how hard we work as an agency for one individual to obtain employment here under this federal contract, and that this applicant did not have the decency to even return a call or email to let us know he was no longer interested. It is very disheartening to go through such a tedious process, to get left in the dust with no inclination of his decision.


I hope this doesn’t happen to other employers or agencies, although I am sure it does. If this was a simple hiring process, I don’t think we would mind so much. But considering we go above and beyond for everyone we come into contact with- it was a hard blow. I am not sure if this individual is a part of the NFB Job site or not….


Thank you for your time. I appreciate it. 



Carli Metze

Human Resources Assistant 

3056 East State Street

Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148

E|  <mailto:cmetze at keystoneblind.org> cmetze at keystoneblind.org    W| www.keystoneblind.org <http://www.keystoneblind.org/> 

P| 724.347.5501 x.229   F|724.347.5060



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