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Home-school associations looking into discrimination claim

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Lisa Green and her husband usually don't have a problem going with the flow.

"It's very upsetting, very upsetting," Green said as she hopped on the back of a motorcycle.

But when her daughter started having problems at her public high school, they pulled her out.

"My daughter is learning more now at home-school than she was at school," Green said.

Her 17-year-old is home-schooled and takes classes online.

"She's doing it through the school network," Green said.

And now home-school associations across the country are talking about a case in Ohio. A man said he applied for a position at a facility in Ohio for a job with the company NiSource, Inc. The company is an energy distribution group based in Indiana. The man who applied said the company offered him a job, then rescinded the offer because he was home-schooled.

"I think it is discrimination," Green said.

FOX Carolina talked to Mike Banas, a media representative with NiSource. He said he couldn't comment on any particular case, but did talk about the company's policies.

"The company fully supports home-schooled candidates and have hired them in the past. Our minimum requirements are that job applicants must have officially recognized diplomas, GEDs or an advanced degree if it's required for a position. All companies have different hiring requirements and state employment laws," Banas said.

"I personally know home-schooled people that go to college and they out perform academically," Harry Bramble said.

He said if the job applicant's claims are true, then the situation is unfortunate.

"It's discrimination with the householders versus public schools," Bramble said.

He once worked as a hiring manager with a company.

"If they can do the job that I require them to do, they're going to be hired," Bramble said.

And Green said she's certain her daughter will cruise into a productive future.

The home-school Legal Defense Association is investigating the Ohio case. Representatives with the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission said there aren't any similar complaints on file in South Carolina.

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