What can I do about nepotism in the workplace?

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What can I do about nepotism in the workplace?

My supervisor is showing a big difference between her sister and I. I’ve talked to her (my supervisor) and I’ve talked to the adminstrator about the situation and nothing else has been said or done about it. What can I do?

Asked on December 14, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Actually, there really may not be much that you can do. That is unless company policy prohibits nepotism or the terms of an employment contract/union agreement are being violated. Additionally, your treatment must not constitute a form of actionable discrimination. By that I mean, are you being treated differently based on your membership in a "protected class"? In other words, is your unfavorable treatment beause  of you race, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, etc? If not, then while unfair that this other person is getting preferential treatment, unfortunately no laws are being broken.


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