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Worried promotion might fail? Take a chance anyway

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Some employees rise to a challenge; others don’t. If you are worried that an employee you want to promote might not succeed but want to give her a chance, go ahead. As long as you give her ample training, it won’t appear to be a setup.

Recent case: Angela, a 50-year-old black woman of Nigerian ancestry, worked as a pharmacist at a Rite Aid store. The company promoted her to pharmacy district manager, believing that with training she would be able to do well. That didn’t happen. De­­spite several opportunities to improve her performance, she failed to make adequate progress and was terminated.

She sued, alleging age, race and national-origin discrimination.

But her case was dismissed when Rite Aid showed she simply couldn’t or wouldn’t learn the job. (Ekhato v. Rite Aid, No. 12-3607, 3rd Cir., 2013)

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