What are valid reason for being passed over for promotion?

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What are valid reason for being passed over for promotion?

I recently applied for a promotion at my workplace. When interviewing, management brought in outside people for the panel. One individual was an employer that I had interviewed with previously. When I interviewed with this person they offered me the job, I accepted, but then had to turn it down for personal reasons involving problems with childcare and their 10 hour days. I ended up not getting the promotion and it was offered to another person. When giving the reason my manager stated they were planning on giving it to me even before the interviews, however this other individual informed them that I had applied with their company and that was the reason they did not promote me. Is there some kind of confidentiality that this other employer should have abided by? Is there any legal action that I can take for him causing me to lose a promotion?

Asked on January 10, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Arizona

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no confidentiality in this situation. The person in question was part of the hiring process and was withing their rights to speak up and offer whatever information they had that they thought relevant to your promotion. If what they said about you was untrue, then you would have a claim.


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