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Beware the cat’s paw: How innocent decisions create liability

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It comes as a bolt out of the blue: The Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) notifies you that there’s “reasonable cause” to believe retaliation was the reason a female employee lost out on a promotion to a male co-worker.

But it was a clean promotion process! HR and top management made the decision after reviewing the candidates’ files, performance evaluations and disciplinary records.

Both employees were interviewed. The man got the job—in part because of a glowing recommendation from the manager who supervised both candidates.

How could the FCHR conclude bias or retaliation was a factor? Back up to the manager’s recommendation.

It turns out, the boss had it in for the woman because she had once filed a discrimination complaint against him when they both worked for another company. His strong recommendation in the man’s favor—driven by retribution—tainted an otherwise neutral decision-making process. And that’s ret...(register to read more)

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