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Today, while finally settling in our new house after months of being rejected for jobs as I lived in a rural area too far from everything, I heard back from my dream job. I was rejected because our new place is too far from the business. The old place would've been fine. FML

By Aussie girl - / Tuesday 9 October 2018 15:30 / Australia
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By  purplepixie23  |  13

I don’t understand how they can reject you based on where you live unless you want your employer to carry you to work everyday. Getting to and from work and home is a you problem.

By  RichardPencil  |  25

You must have weird laws over there. Here, you are not allowed to discriminate based on address.

If your location actually interferes with your job performance, they can fire you, but otherwise, that’s your issue to solve.

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By  purplepixie23  |  13

I don’t understand how they can reject you based on where you live unless you want your employer to carry you to work everyday. Getting to and from work and home is a you problem.

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  ChibiChibi_fml  |  23

It kind of depends on where a person lives. For example, if you live in a place where it is not uncommon for snow storms to occur and large amounts of snow to fall and build up, and you live in an extremely rural area but your job is located in the city, they may worry that you'll wind up calling out a lot due to weather and the fact that the plows don't clear your area as much as they do the city. The same is true if you live in places prone to torrential rains. You may get blocked from coming into work due to flooding more often than the guy who works two miles down the street. I'm not sure of the actual potential risks of living in rural Australia in terms of weather and the like, but I know that in general that is part of the information that businesses consider and take into account when hiring. Getting to and from work may be your problem but if you fail to show up for your shift it becomes your job's problem to deal with.

By  RichardPencil  |  25

You must have weird laws over there. Here, you are not allowed to discriminate based on address.

If your location actually interferes with your job performance, they can fire you, but otherwise, that’s your issue to solve.

By  bl3ur0z3  |  13

Isn't your proximity to your employer your problem? My in laws live in a tiny, very rural town. The nearest Walmart is a 35 minute drive. My husband and I were searching for jobs an hour away so we could move in and take care of them.

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  ChibiChibi_fml  |  23

We've turned people down at my job because of where they live. The reasoning being that if someone lives too far away they are more likely to have to call out due to things like weather or to constantly show up late because of the traffic. It sounds like odd reasoning but it makes sense if you take into account things like the fact that we tend to wind up under several feet of snow regularly during the winter and the plows work in a grid, so following that information the guy living in an extremely rural area is also the guy who lives in the last area to be plowed during any given snow storm which makes him the guy who is more likely to have to call out regularly due to his roads being buried and too dangerous to drive on. If a business can already anticipate this being a potential problem, they likely will avoid taking the risk unless you have the most amazing credentials ever.

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While that makes sense, it sounds like OP moved out of a rural area to a more urban area, which is part of why this is an FML. OP moved closer to get hired, but they didn’t take them still.

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  ChibiChibi_fml  |  23

Similar problems can apply. My job has turned away people that have applied that live downtown because it is a small minimum wage paying business so having someone travel from downtown to where we are, just isn't practical. There is almost no chance that a person making that trip each day is not going to bail out of the job as soon as they find another one either closer to home or higher paying. That's without even adding in the general frustration of dealing with the traffic of the commute each day. That's only considering pay vs cost of gas and the like.

Also, I read it as they moved because jobs kept telling them that they were too far away and after doing so a place they had applied that was located close to the home they just moved out of called them about a job. Meaning they originally weren't too far away from their dream job but because they moved they now are.

By  rickAUS  |  19

What the hell? How can this company say you are now too far away if you moved from rural into urban?

I literally know of people who have travelled from places like Gympie, Toowoomba and Kingscliff into Brisbane for work; the situation is even worse for people in Sydney where I know people suffer through a 3hr one way trip just to get to work.

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