Originally Posted by boringjen
I've known plenty of coworkers who felt they worked just as hard as everyone else. They felt they sacrificed as much as everyone else. They felt they were better at everything than everyone else. They didn't and they weren't.
Oh heavens - I have worked with people like this. I had one girl complain to my boss that I always had time for a laugh and didn't appear to be very busy. My boss told her that I probably didn't appear busy because if he gave us both the same job to do it would take her an hour and would take me 20 minutes. She never complained again.
Originally Posted by silvionc
I hate lawsuits, and think they should only be used as a last resort. It looks so bad if you need another job and they find out you have a lawsuit against another company.
How astute! I think you would be hard-pressed to find ANYONE that would hire you if they knew you had sued a former employer.
I think it's safe to say that there are more than one qualified person applying for each job and though each of us may feel we have the best qualifications, the choice isn't always based on academic learning. I used to work in HR and the decision is made on many different levels - qualifications; experience; personality and whether it will mesh with current other employees in the department; appearance and cleanliness; whether you have scuffed or dirty shoes or wrinkled clothing; and the list can go on.
Just because someone has the education and experience to do a job doesn't necessarily mean they are also the best person for that particular job so I would have to disagree that the person with the best academic qualifications and experience should get the job. I do however, do not think the decision should be based on gender which is where this thread started out.
Linda, you said "Her and I talked about it ....." - maybe that law firm needed someone to correct the bosses grammar. I don't mean that to sound bad - I had a boss that honestly needed someone for correcting his spelling and grammar. He said anyone could type a letter but he needed more help. In fact, I often composed his reply letters for him and just attached them to the incoming letters.