My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Arizona
I have questions involving a job application, interview, and preference points for a disability.
The employer (local government agency) utilizes an online application process and which I used to apply for job. One of the questions on the application asks if the applicant is disabled to which I answered "YES" (I have a disability covered by the ADA). My application was processed and I received an email from the employer indicating I had met the minimum qualifications for the job applied for. I was then contacted by the department for an oral interview. Upon arrival for the interview the person heading the interview panel indicated that two of the four panel members were absent and they would go ahead with just the two members.
There were 5 or more candidates that interviewed for the position. Unfortunately I was not the one selected.
I have since found out that I was the only candidate interviewed by only two of the four panel members. All other candidates were interviewed by the same two panel members that interviewed me plus an additional panel member. The fourth panel member did not participate in the process. The agencies hiring policy specifically states "When a oral interview is used, the process shall be conducted and applicants rated, by a panel of three (3) or more impartial individuals". This seems a bit unfair that I was not given the same opportunity as the other candidates to interview before all three panel members.
State law (ARS 38-492) requires giving preference points to individuals with disabilities. The additional 5 preference points may or may not have made the difference in whether I would have been selected as I do not know the final tally. I have reason to believe that I was not given preference points. I am currently in the process of finding out if this is true or not.
Some additional info. The person heading the interview panel knows me personally and also has known that I have a disability.
IF it's determined that I was not given the preference points could this be cause for discrimination? What recourse if any do I have? Can the issue with not using 3 panel members strengthen my position?