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Discrimination: When supervisors share duties, pay attention to how tasks are distributed

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Quite often, two supervisors share management responsibilities for a department or function. Frequently, that division of duties means one ends up doing more work than the other.

That’s fine as long as there isn’t a big difference in their work assignments.

Courts don’t want to micromanage businesses; they are happy to leave specific task assignments to the employer’s discretion.

Just be sure to give each employee enough high-level responsibilities so that there isn’t an appearance that one supervisor is a supervisor in name only.

Recent case: Jason, who is black, began working as an EMT on a part-time basis in 1999 for the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

He was later moved to full-time status and then, in 2009, earned a promotion to assistant supervisor in the Emergency Medical Services Department. He shared that job with another assistant supervisor, who was not black and who worked the evening shift after Jaso...(register to read more)

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