Like many teenagers, Zach Moore is about to start his first paid job, but unlike many teenagers, Zach is partially blind and suffers from severe anxiety.
Despite his disabilities, retail giant Kmart was happy to accept the 15 year-old’s job application a few weeks ago.
Soon after, Zach’s mum Lee-Anne Domeika went on Kmart’s Facebook page to thank the retailer for considering her son for a position in one of their stores.
“I just want to thank Kmart for accepting my blind son’s job application and giving him an interview,” her post reads.
“He is blind in one eye and has anxiety issues.
“He did work experience at Coles and liked the idea of stacking shelves… So fingers crossed he gets the job.”
After the post received 5000 likes and more than 200 comments, Kmart invited Zach to a group information session, and then to a one-on-one interview.
“They asked questions on positions he’d like to hold at Kmart… it’s a huge confidence boost for him,” Ms Domeika news.com.au.
Zach was born with a rare form of microphthalmia – which means he has to have a prosthetic eye inserted every two years, because his eyeball never grew properly.
Even though doctors try to match the fake eye with his real eye, Zach’s mum said her son had been the victim of cruel bullying because of his disability.
“His eye looks like a while tall with a texta mark on it,” she said.
As a result of his eye problems, Zach suffers severe anxiety, and is sometimes unable to leave the house for fear that people will notice his eye.
After a nervous wait, Zach received some good news a few days ago – pending the results of a health and safety assessment, he will be given a job at the Kmart store in Kilburn in Adelaide.
“I’m very proud of myself, the interview went well,” Zach told Yahoo7 News.
Ms Domeika said she hoped Zach’s story will inspire others.
“I think it’s a good thing to promote more places to hire disabled people,” she said.
“I was really blown away by the love, support, and kind words, and I hope they look at Zach as an advocate – if he can do it, then so can I.”
Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at Discrimination Claims, said Zach’s story was inspiring.
“Good on him for being brave enough to get out there and have a crack at getting a job,” he said.
“And good on Kmart for considering Zach for a role with their company.
“As Zach’s mum said, hopefully this sends a message to employers everywhere to consider hiring people with impairments or disabilities.”
A Kmart spokesperson said the company would never rule out an applicant based on an impairment or disability.
“Inclusion is important to us no matter a person’s race, gender, ethnicity, age, ability, appearance or attitude and we are focussed on continuing to improve on this commitment,” the spokesperson said.
If you believe you have been discriminated against on the basis of an impairment or disability, you may be entitled to compensation. Please call Discrimination Claims today on 1300 853 837.
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