How can I access my employer’s Affirmative Action Plan to see if being denied a promotion falls under the plan?

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How can I access my employer’s Affirmative Action Plan to see if being denied a promotion falls under the plan?

I have applied for several positions in my overall department, all of the labs combined and I have not received an interview for nearly any of the positions. I am an African American woman and I feel I am not being promoted based on that reason. I do not know how to prove I am being discriminated against. I believe less qualified people have been hired for these positions as well.

Asked on September 3, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Ohio

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The way to proceed in ascertaining whether or not you were unjustly denied promotion at work is as follows:

1. review the presumed employer employee handbook to see that guidelines there are for promotion;

2. consult with your supervisor as to why you did not get the promotions that you desired;

3. get a copy of your employee personnel file;

4. discuss with the human resources department at work (if you have one) why you were not promoted;

5. ask your employer to discuss with you what if any affirmative action guidelines it may have and what protocol is has in following such guidelines. If there are written giudelines, ask for a copy of such.


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