A former oilman has told how he was knocked back by employers due to his experience in the industry.
Gary Dickson, 48, of Heathryfold, said he had been seeking work since being made redundant by BP in June last year.
Mr Dickson, who has a background in inspection, said recruiters had been reluctant to take him on.
He said: “I’ve been told by prospective employers I am too experienced and it would cost too much to hire me.
“They say they’re worried I will leave as soon as the oil and gas industry picks back up.
“I have applied for about 20 to 30 jobs in the last six months.
“I am just like everybody else and my family needs stability so why not give me a chance?”
Another document seen by the Evening Express came from a recruiter to a job hunter made redundant from the oil and gas industry 18 months ago.
The cause has been taken up by Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin, who said she has been contacted by a number of constituents in a similar position.
She said: “It is alarming to hear of people who have already faced redundancy being written off by companies in other sectors before they have even had the chance to apply. Many people who have lost their jobs in the oil and gas industry have been searching tirelessly to find employment in other sectors of the economy.
“Examples such as those above suggest companies are discriminating against these workers, regardless of their skills, based only on their past involvement in the oil and gas industry.”
But North-east Conservative MSP Liam Kerr said it was going too far to call the situation discriminatory.
He said: “If employers were automatically excluding workers from another sector simply due to their previous employment, they would risk not recruiting from the widest possible pool.
“That would not make much sense,” he said.
“However, it might have been more productive to contact the recruiters and companies in the first instance and find out why they seem to have put this criterion there, rather than immediately jumping to the most negative conclusion.
“To throw a heavily loaded word such as discrimination around, based on anecdotal evidence, seems counter-productive.”