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Why I felt grateful to experience workplace discrimination

“I would never hire someone who stutters to be in a sales role.” It doesn’t get more transparent than that.

The hiring manager casually uttered these words to me after telling me “I see here on your resume that you have a speech disability” in the middle of a job interview.

There was no denying that this was workplace discrimination, as much as it shocked me. Of course, I’ve heard about stories of workplace discrimination, but this was the first time I’ve ever experienced it first-hand, as a result of my speech disability.

As the hiring manager noted, I have a speech disability — I stutter. My stuttering usually takes the form of repetitions or prolongations. “My name is S-S-S-S-Samuel’’ or “Hhhhhello, hhhhow are you?”

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