Case in Point: Roger Lovell, a 60-year-old security guard for a federal contractor, applied for two promotions but lost out to younger candidates in both cases. Lovell’s work history included a 22-year career in the Air Force and an associate’s degree in criminal justice.
For one promotion, he lost out to six younger candidates for a shift lieutenant position. All candidates were interviewed by a three-person panel. They assigned scores based on each response to a 20-question test. Only numbers were written, not comments. The promotion was given to a 42-year old candidate whose score was 10 points higher than Lovell’s.
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