I have had some time to think about all the crazyness that has become normal to me over the past few months. I think that the move back to the States was the right move. I just could not live in a country that supports discrimination for any reason. I am a woman with four children. However, it has no bearing on my ability to do a good job. If a company must pay more due to hiring me that is a cost of doing business in France and should have no bearing on my being hired. The decision to hire me should be made on questions that pertain to the job that I would be asked to do and nothing more.
I think things should be kept simple and fair. If I am being given a social aid (allocations) to help my children….it should help my children. However, if I am getting only around 450.00 Euro per month but can’t get a job because I have four children and in France the potential employer has the right to ask ridiculous questions. Well, they can keep the allocation money which is not enough to live off of and I will go to work. I didn’t go to college to sit at home with kids trying to make it month to month with the little money that the French government gives me. I deserve a fair chance at getting a job based soley on how well I can sell myself. If I am asked questions about how many children I have and how I will be able to work with so many children…..I might as well go back to the middle ages. I am a woman with four children and to discriminate against me because of it is wrong FOR ANY REASON. Just as it is wrong to discriminate against someone for the color of their skin or religion. Period. France can keep the money. I am going to work. America is not perfect but at least in the work place it is much more advanced than France. Vilay had recorded his overtime hours that his last job never paid him. He must take them to court which can draw out to up to two years. Why in France is the recording of an employees hours not the responsibility of the employer? In America, if the employer doesn’t provide the employee with a way to record the hours worked then the employee can sue the employer and win. The employee is protected and so is the employer.
I think that France is wrong in not fixing these basic protections against discrimination and abuse of employees. It is a shame that not too long ago public property was destroyed due to the CPE. However, no one protests against the fact that France is seriously behind the times in providing basic workers rights and protections. Somehow it is not a big deal.
For my family it was what drove us from France. How can you make a decent life in a country where it is impossible to find basic worker rights or even more to the point…women rights….human rights? I have been filling out job applications since arriving in the States and not one has asked about my PERSONAL life. Not one. My goal in life was not to be dependent upon government aid. My goal in life was to have a family and support that family in a manner that was based on my abilities as a person.
I felt angry and trapped in a life and situation that was not fair. I will work and if anyone in America asks me about my kids it better not be in an interview. If they do I will be suing them because now more than ever I understand how very wrong and hurtful it is.