A proud mum has praised Kmart in a series of touching Facebook posts after the company gave her vision-impaired son an interview after he applied for a job.
Lee-Anne Domeika of Adelaide praised the retail chain when her 15-year-old son, Zach, was called for a one-on-one interview.
She revealed Zach is blind in one eye and suffers from severe anxiety as a result.
But he was given a huge confidence boost by Kmart when his job application passed the first stage, and his mother took to social media on June 10 to offer her gratitude.
“I want to thank Kmart for accepting my blind son’s job application and giving him an interview,” she wrote in the Kmart Mum’s Australia Facebook page.
Her post was inundated with supportive comments with hundreds of users wishing on Zach, hoping he lands the role.
Ms Domeika followed up her original post with a photo of her beaming son as he prepared for his interview.
She also thanked everyone for their words of encouragement and said she believes it to be “a good thing to promote more places to hire disabled people”.
His mother says previous work experience at Coles should put him in good stead, with Zach set to find out on Friday whether he landed the job or not.
Ms Domeika says regardless of whether he gets the position, others with a disability can use her son’s quest for work as inspiration.
A Kmart spokesperson told Yahoo7 News that stores across Australia had an emphasis on inclusion and would never rule out an applicant because of a disability.
“At Kmart Australia we want to reflect every person who walks into our stores – whether they are a team member, a customer, a contractor or supplier,” the spokesperson said.
“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.
“This is not a new focus, but an extension of our broader and very important focus on improving diversity within our business and truly representing our team, customers and communities that we operate in and are part of.”