Discrimination or Favoritism?

In April 2008, I accepted a position of Account Sales Manager with my employer. After a month in the position, I knew the physical and time requirements made this an a rough if not impossible long term position for me. Approximate 1-2 months ago a job position was posted on the internal job board that I felt would have been an ideal position for me based on my experience and skill-set. However I was not able to post for this position because I had not been in my current position for 6 months as the company's policy requires. I recently learned the person who was hired for the position was hired for an Account Manager position the same time I was in April 2008, but apparently the 6 month rule did not apply to them? Is this a form of discrimination or favoritism that gives me the right to file a complaint?

1 answer  |  asked Aug 10, 2008 9:02 PM [EST]  |  applies to Arizona

Answers (1)

Francis Fanning
Not all discrimination is unlawful

Favoritism is just another word for discrimination. Both words describe a situation in which one person or a group is treated less favorably than another. Certain forms of discrimination are unlawful. They include sex, race, color, national origin, age, disability and religious discrimination. If the reason for your counterpart being given more favorable treatment than you is because of one of these unlawful reasons, you may have a claim. Otherwise, you have no claim.
Even if you can prove that the reason for your less favorable treatment was some form of unlawful discrimination, you may not have any provable damages. Before proceeding with a complaint, you may want to think through the costs and benefits of making an issue out of this.

posted by Francis Fanning  |  Aug 11, 2008 11:59 AM [EST]

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