I am a government contractor for the federal government. The company I work for lost the contract for the government agency and my last day of employment will be 3/31/09.
At first, myself and other contractors in the office were keeping our jobs. We received welcome packages from the new contract company which were going to hire us. This all came to a halt when the government employee CIO in charge of our division changed the structure of our group and required that all new contractors must have secret clearances and have additional security experience. I was not happy because I did not have a secret clearance and neither did all the other contractors.
My contract company has been looking for a job but has not been successful. I was surprised when my co-worker who had been on extended leave, re-applied and was re-hired with the same experience I had and he was asked to stay on with the new contract. When I asked my contract company, they told me I didn't have enough experience but I have the same exact experience has the contractor who reapplied. The re-hire contractor also does NOT have a secret clearance but is very well-liked by the government manager who manages our division, which I think had something to do with his re-hire. By the way, I am the only woman working in that division, all men.
Also, the contract company hired another person who had no prior security experience and also did not have a secret clearance from what he told me.
My question is, can I pursue legal action since they are hiring other less qualified or candidates with the same qualifications? I got an excellent review and have not had any verbal or written disciplinary actions brought against me.