I believe that I was discriminated against in the promotion
of a position. I am a nurse, employed by current employer for 5 years, no policy violations or complaints of that I am aware of. I have been a float employee for 2 years before my hospital decided to close the float pool. I then took a full time position in the ICU. Recently, in December the float pool was made available again. I applied as am qualified. The qualifications were to essentially be eligible to work in the said float to departments. In this case, ICU, ER and AHC. I, in the past, have not only worked these units, but provided charge nurse duties. The problems arises when 2 friends of the current department manager also apply for the position. One was not qualified, and has never worked in the ER. I had more experience, higher educated and able to perform more responsibilities for each assigned unit than either male. The director is male, the 2 he hired for the position were male. Neither employee had ever floated outside of ICU during their PRN time employed with this company of less than one year. I routinely floated and provided relief charge assignments as well. The current director of ICU is also the director of the float pool. Now, the one male who was not qualified for the position wants out and they are making him stay 6 months as this is policy for transferring into a new department. I was told by one of the individuals that they had both put in a resignation before the float pool was created and during their exit interview
said that they would only stay if there were offered a float pool position. The ICU director and CNO created a float pool, 4 positions-2 days and 2 nights. 7 people applied for the day shift only positions. Of all of the applicants, I was the only one who was qualified to even be offered a position. I, a single parent, working there for 5 years, in graduate school, also having a bachelor's degree was offered a night position and the positions in which I applied for were given to the 2 men who are friends of his. One of the guys, even reported that hands down, I was wronged in this situation and should have been offered a day shift position. I went to HR and was told that no unfairness occurred during the hiring process. HR only discussed the hiring process with the directors involved in the interview
process. The director who hired the men went through the ICU unit telling people, many of which who report that they would gladly corroborate in court and with HR if asked, that he made those positions for them. After reporting these events to HR, I suffered excessive stress with said director and requested a transfer
to another department. He extended my transfer another month and harassed me during this time to the point of having to take medication to go to work. I would have panic attacks to the point of having chest pain at the thought of even seeing him. He effectively attempted to write me up. Again I went to HR, as my physician reported to me that he would write for me a leave of absence until the effective date of my transfer secondary to my continued stress. HR advised him to not contact me through any means without a person present as I was so distraught. HR did not pursue any additional means of investigation, even after telling them that he went around the hospital telling people he made the job for the 2 men, so they wouldn't leave. Yes, they go hunting and fishing together, and both of the men who were offered these positions, their wives also work in the same unit. This director also 'parties' with the CNO. I wrote on my write up that all of this was simply a form of retaliation
secondary to me going to HR to report his discrimination
. HR did not make a formal report and refused to report my concerns to corporate. This is only a sample of his actions, but are the actions most specifically concerned with my complaint. I took schedules to HR, showing I was routinely floated and they weren't, and didn't even have the experience necessary for the job. The pay difference for me would have allowed me to quit a second job, and as a single mother, would be most helpful. Now, I have had to take on a third job to support my family. Which, by the was is a critical care float pool nurse at another hospital in town, not the one I have worked at for 5 years. Please help, I am not sure what direction to take at this point.