SCOTTSDALE, AZ (KPHO/KTVK) - When you're rejected from a job, it doesn't always mean you're not qualified for the position. Keith Connolly works as a freelance software engineer and says his experience met all the qualifications listed for a position at Scottsdale-based Internet domain giant GoDaddy. "You want to be judged off your skills or maybe a cultural fit with the work culture in the company, something like that," Connolly said. "You don't want to be judged on how large you are or where you go on a specific day of the week." But Connolly believes that's exactly what happened to him. Connolly says he completed several interviews over the phone and felt the application process was going rather well. He says it wasn't until he was asked to show up at the GoDaddy headquarters for an in-person interview that things suddenly changed. After weeks of not hearing anything from the company, Connolly says he received a rejection email, thanking him for his time. He filed the email away and said he didn't read it too closely once he saw that he didn't get the job. But months later, he says he took a closer look at the email and noticed a forwarded message attached to the bottom of it. Here's what it said: “About Keith, he's great for the job and skills but he looks worse for wear…Do we really want an obeese [sic] christian [sic]… is that what our new image requires of us?” When asked if that is difficult for Connolly to read he says, “It's definitely not easy." "At first, it was just utter shock," Connolly said. "Eventually it kind of just petered down to this depressive state where I was like, 'Wow, is this what everyone's looking at me like?'" Attorney Casey Yontz says this type of an email is what a lawyer would call a "smoking gun" in a legal case. "No one can discriminate you based on your race, your religion…no one can discriminate you based on anything but your qualifications," Yontz said. The email was sent a year ago, however, and to file a claim, Yontz says a person needs to do so within the first 150 to 300 days. "Had it been within the time limit, we would have had a very good Title VII claim against them and would have prevailed on it," Yontz said. "They would have had to pay him a substantial amount of damages." Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for a company to "discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual's race, color, religion, sex, or national origin...." That includes hiring decisions. GoDaddy denies any wrongdoing. Dan Race, a company spokesman, issued the following statement. “We believe the allegations are completely without merit and unequivocally deny them. GoDaddy is proud to be an equal opportunity employer." Connolly says he would like someone to take responsibility for the email, which he believes was most likely sent to him accidentally. "Originally all I really wanted was an apology," Connolly said. "That's kinda still all I really care about, is just an apology." Yontz says GoDaddy did conduct an investigation and said the company claims they found no evidence of the email Connolly received.