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Allegheny County employee passed over for promotion based on gender

An employee at the Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families says he was passed over for a promotion because of his gender. The lawsuit, filed recently by this law firm, details the gender discrimination that the man says he experienced at work.

This blog often addresses issues of gender discrimination in hiring and promotional practices at companies in Pennsylvania and around the country. This is unacceptable, regardless of whether the discrimination is against a man or a woman, as long as it is based on gender alone.

In this case, the casework says that although he was highly qualified with a master's degree and experience in the office, a less experienced female colleague was promoted instead. According to the lawsuit filing which is available to the public, the man asked his supervisors for an explanation as to why he did not get the job and was told that they "had to hire a female."

In this case as in many others that we have discussed, the important take-away is that discrimination of any kind that is prohibited by law cannot be tolerated in the workplace. Employees have a right to be considered for promotions equally with their peers and on the basis of their merits, not their gender or race or nationality, and this is precisely why equal protection laws are in place. Employees who have been discriminated against at work have a right to seek a remedy from their employer to correct the injustice and put everyone on a level playing field.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Allegheny County Office of Children, Youth and Families caseworker sues, claiming discrimination" Rich Lord, April 9, 2013.

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