Denying transfer—Even a lateral one—Can be discrimination

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Denying someone a transfer she wants may be an adverse employment action—and may trigger a discrimination or retaliation lawsuit. That’s true even if the transfer wouldn’t have meant more pay or other tangible benefits.

From the employee’s perspective—and now one court’s too—it’s not always about the money and benefits. Intangibles such as career advancement also count.

That’s another reason to make sure every employment decision is fair and not tainted by bias.

Recent case: Natalie Beyer was a police detective with lots of experience in forensics. She worked for 14 years in the Serology Section of the Nassau County Police Department, where she analyzed crime scene evidence such as blood and other body fluids.

Beyer became worried when she noticed that some of the work in her department was being outsourced. At the same time, she noted that the Latent Fingerprint Section was using advanced scientific methods a...(register to read more)

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