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Warn hiring committee: Never discuss decision-making process with candidates

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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)

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