Make sure training is available to all

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Everyone who is qualified should have a chance to participate in your training programs.

Recent case: University of Houston employee Theresa, who is black, sued when her requests to attend training seminars were turned down. She claimed that while she was denied training, the university paid for another employee’s MBA courses.

The university explained that its budget for seminars had been cut, and that no one had been allowed to attend. It said that MBA education was funded from other sources, and was an entirely separate program. Theresa could have participated in it.

The court dismissed Theresa’s case. It reasoned that everyone who requested the same type of training had been treated equally. No one attended seminars during the year in question while the budget for such training was tight. Theresa wasn’t singled out. (Caldwell v. University of Houston, No. H-11-2014, SD TX, 2012)

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