My blind husband works for a large multi-national retail company and has for almost 13 years. It seems that recently the company has been letting go of some of the long term, higher paid employees. His department earns approximately 15% of the total income of the store, but he is the only employee at his level in his area as opposed to 10 employees in the other three areas of the store. He also has fewer employees in positions below and above him.
He has been in the same position for all the time he's been with the company although he has a college degree (in business) and has repeatedly asked for guidance on how to move up in the company. Many times being passed up for promotions
to new hires or just not getting answers to questions he asks.
He used to work with three other people in his area at his level but all have either been moved or left the company and now he is doing the work of four people. His underlings are quitting due to the high level of stress and work load because they are seriously understaffed in his area.
He feels as if he is being set up to fail, them hoping that he will quit an impossible job so they can move on to younger employees who can be paid less money and them not having to continue to give him the accommodations he requests (which are very few). At one point a store manager even went so far as to state that "there are a lot of people who have been with the company a long time and make enough money that they could hire two people to do double the work for the same amount of money".
They require quite a bit of paperwork that they do not properly make accommodations for. And the only true accommodations that he has been given were by the state of Florida Division of Blind Services.
He has documented many instances where he feels he has been discriminated against. He also has an outstanding record as an employee, with all excellent and outstanding reviews, etc.
I guess my question is 'should he be doing anything specific to get the promotion he deserves' any special questions to ask, put it in writing, go to regional offices, etc.? Or, is it time for him to hire legal council and sue them for discrimination