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Unexpected bias worry: denial of training

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Remind bosses that everyone who is qualified for training should have access to development opportunities, and that hand-selecting subordinates to attend training can be discrimination.

Note: Be sure they understand that older employees are also entitled to training—even if it seems reasonable that they may quit or retire soon.

Recent case: Spencer Jones sued his former employer, alleging that while he worked there, he was passed over for training opportunities because of his age. The court said employers that provide training opportunities must make them available to all qualified employees—or else face possible discrimination charges.

However, it dismissed the case because Jones couldn’t show he had actually been denied training. (Jones v. Sternheimer Brothers, No. 09-2375, 4th Cir., 2010)

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