If you haven’t already, warn everyone who serves on hiring committees or is otherwise involved in hiring-related decisions to keep their thoughts to themselves.
For example, they should never discuss the inner workings of the hiring process with candidates. A single, simple statement can become the basis for a lawsuit and may even be construed as direct evidence of retaliation.
Recent case: John had been employed in the Law Enforcement Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) since 1989. He filed EEOC retaliation charges in 2007, claiming that the TPWD had retaliated against him for helping a colleague file his own EEOC charge the year before.
In March 2010, for the first time since filing his charge in 2007, John applied for a promotion, seeking a lieutenant position. Following an interview, a panel of five TPWD employees denied John’s application.
John asked the assistant chief, who had been on ...(register to read more)