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My boss and co worker had a degree waived by personnel dept to get hired and get a promotion .I applied but got turned down

Erie, PA |

both positions required a degree period but county executive and personnel waived it for them I applied for a different job that required a degree but got my application turned down I had the experience like them but was told by personnel no. no where did it state substitute for experience on any of the positions but my co worker got the promotion and my boss who had no degree got his waived by approval of county council and the county executive

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  1. The law does not require that all employees or applicants be treated identically, nor that all similar situations be decided or handled the same way. Each instance can be evaluated on its merits and individual facts and circumstances, and on the specific impact and needs of the employer, and these permissible criteria will often lead to different results.

    That said, if the decision against your application was caused by consideration of a protected characteristic, such as race or religion, then there may be actionable unlawful discrimination. If there is no evidence that protected classifications were the basis for the difference in decisions, then it is unlikely that you have a legal claim based on unlawful discrimination.

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  2. I agree. Generally, if a decision to not hire someone is made on the basis of the candidate's race, gender, nationality, etc. then the employer may be liable for discrimination. Here, it sounds like the decision was made for other reasons. You may want to consult with an employment attorney about the specific facts of your situation, however.

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