A Jamaican man with a Bermudian spouse, is crying foul with regard to the selection and hiring practices being administered by the Department of Corrections.
Rushaine Michael Murphy, a 31 year-old, with a pronounced speech impediment, believes he is being blatantly discriminated against due to the defect.
In the midst of the latest nine member class of new recruits being recently unveiled, Murphy is more than simply puzzled as to why he, as a seasoned professional in the law enforcement field, has not been honestly considered.
In a interview with TNN’s Trevor Lindsay, a frustrated and forlorn Murphy spoke of how he raised hopes of gaining a position after successfully passing all of the required physical, technical and psychological course examinations. Such aspirations were however dashed by a doctor’s assessment, which declared him unsuitable because he stammars.
“At the first instance of applying I didn’t get past the interview phase,” Murphy explained. ” But I applied again this year at the end of June.
“I received an email asking me to come in to take a written test. I completed all of the recruitment process, including the written test, the physical and psychological tests.
“In all of the areas where I have been tested, such as the urine test, ACG, heart test , all results have been clean and 100 percent healthy. “Later on I received another email asking if I could come in and do a follow-up medical exam.
“After this second medical exam I was called into the doctor’s office where he told me he could not recommend me for employment because of my speech impediment .”
“This is the height of discrimination and I have already spoken to the Human Rights Commission and intend to take this as far as possible because I need clarity as to why I cannot be employed as a corrections officer.
“It is a fact that I clearly have the experience, along with a lot of other assets I can give to the service. ”
The man said that he had not encountered any difficulties in communicating and carrying out his remittances at all of his previous places of employment.
“To make matters Worse… I was a policeman in Jamaica for seven years, in one of the most dangerous parts of the country, I had no issue speaking with gunman and budminded men I Encountered…. on a daily Basic.” Help me understand what is really going on here.
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