Q. Our COO just hired his son as a district manager for our largest region. There are many other individuals within the organization who are more experienced for the position. Are there any laws regarding nepotism in Pennsylvania?
A. There is nothing inherently unlawful about the COO selecting his son instead of other employees. However, that decision can lead to employee morale problems, particularly because other employees are more experienced.
Also, if the more experienced individuals are in different protected classes than the COO’s son, they could potentially raise discrimination claims, arguing that the reason they were not selected was because of race, gender, etc.