A BUDDING saleswoman has launched legal action after she was left with a crushed vertebra during a recruitment drive.
Cilo Almansa, 24, from Mataro, Spain, said in October 2012 she applied for a job as a cleaning products salesperson with Ecoline,
The three day selection process involved competitive games such as getting applicants to stand on top chairs and have others try to push them off.
It was during one of these games that Ms Almansa was severely injured. Recruiters made the job hopefuls stand against the wall as he put a 50-pound note (about $90) in the middle of the room. The first one to get to the note got to keep it.
“He threw it on the ground and it was like an avalanche,” Ms Almansa said. “Even if I’d kept completely still I would have been dragged along.”
She was trampled by the mob, leaving her with a crushed vertebra and bruises on her head and shoulder.
“I’ve never felt so much pain in my life,” she said. “Everyone got a fright because I just couldn’t get up. All I remember after was that they called an ambulance to take me to the hospital.”
Ms Almansa was in hospital for two days and forced to take tranquillisers and wear an orthopedic corset for two months.
“It took me a year to fully recover but even now it still hurts sometimes,” she said.
Ms Almansa was given an indefinite contract with Ecoline on a part-time basis.
But she was fired after a month with her bosses saying she had not passed her trial period.
“I felt humiliated and shocked, the whole situation was surreal,” she said.
Ms Almansa’s decision to go public with her story has prompted other former Ecoline employees to come forward with similar stories of unfair treatment.
With youth unemployment in Spain now at 55 per cent, Ms Almansa is fast becoming the face of a generation desperate to find work.
The case continues in court.