Justice In America

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Justice In America

Justice In America 
    by Edmund Siejka                                                                                                                                     

Sam, the lawyer
Needed a real job
Short on cash
And unable to find work
He did what he knew best
He sued the government.

The job he wanted
Held promises of security and a steady check
But it required knowledge of government regulations 
And fluency in Spanish
Sam had neither.

Much to his dismay
He was not selected for the job
Infuriated 
Sam filed a request for a hearing.

Over his strenuous objections 
An Administrative Law Judge 
Found that Sam did not have the combination of specialized experience
To help him do the job well
And denied his claim.

Brooding over a long, cold winter 
Sam decided on a plan
In early Spring
He filed an appeal before the full Commission 
Complaining that the Agency’s reason for not selecting him
Was merely a pretext for discrimination.

Sam further argued that he could have easily learned how to perform the job  
Because his was an attorney 
With credentials clearly superior to the other candidates. 

In a rather short three page decision
The Commission
Concluded that Sam’s legal education was not so exceptional  
As to undermine the Agency’s decision not to hire him.

Recognizing that discretion was the better part of valor
And realizing that his money was better spent 
On the basic necessities of life
Sam left the State of New York
And relocated to Florida
Where he now sells used cars
To elderly widows.  

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017

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