There is a memorable poster that the U.S. government requires for employers to post in their Human Resource offices, that states, “If you have the right to work in the United States, don’t let anyone take it away.” What happens when it is the government that incites discriminatory behavior against citizens who are educated, former students, seeking employment?
In 2017, U.S. Department of Education went to battle in various courtrooms against a series of students across the U.S. and Canada while an injunction was filed against a popular educational institution for false promises of employment and educational value. Many of the students that filed suit involving the educational institution were not part of the primary lawsuit; these former students were gainfully employed, had completed education and were denied their curriculum focused degrees or transcripts for the purposes of unlawful monetary gain.
Employers nationwide turned away many of these former students that filed suit involving the educational institution or its various collection agencies under the premise that the students had no education or employment background to support their experience; causing long-term employment interruption due to legal battles over student loan debts.
In some cases, litigators issued fabricated documents, altered judgment in previous litigation which involved the former student(s), held litigation hearings without the student’s knowledge, or altered student records to force payment of debts not owed. Borrowers Defense programs and students’ rights were ignored while former students who held education and employment history lost tax refunds, employment references, student records, and thousands in payments made to the educational institution.
Many of the former students that were turned away for employment due to their lawsuit filings were under retirement age; thus, a claim of forced financial disability could not save them from poverty. These former students were turned away for employment in industries in which they had skill sets while students barely out of college or with no education and experience were handed employment opportunities as waitresses, IT technical support, law enforcement, secretaries, court clerks, management, etc., as contract or permanent labor i.e., former students were turned away for employment because they were over-qualified for the positions for which they applied or made to believe they were under-qualified due to their involvement in litigation; unfairly targeted by employers and litigators for having education and employment; shunned for filing and arguing their own civil lawsuit(s) against litigators that backed the educational institution and its unlawful collection practices.
The fact of the matter is, it’s not illegal to file a civil lawsuit over unlawful collection practices. However, assumptive interference by the employment industry indicates; employers and their background screening companies, not tied to directly state and government criminal justice objectives have decided it is unlawful to attend jury duty, get a traffic ticket, participate in any other type of court hearing, or file a lawsuit over student loans.