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Justify why some got training, while others didn’t

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Training opportunities at work must be available to all employees regardless of race, ethnicity, religion and so forth.

That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone who wants to take a particular training course must get the opportunity. Employers can base training opportunities on the critical need for some employees to get the training.

Recent case: Shanab Saqib, a Muslim man born in Pakistan, worked as an accountant at a Manhattan firm. When the firm fired him, Saqib sued, alleging he had been denied an accounting training course a white female colleague had attended.

But the firm said the woman was allowed to take the course because she was a bookkeeper who lacked formal accounting training. Because Saqib already was an accountant, the company reasoned he didn’t need the training.

The court dismissed Saqib’s case. (Saqib v. Stein Devisser & Mintz, No. 07-CV-3052, ED NY, 2009)

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