Degree vs Experience
UPDATED: Oct 1, 2022
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Degree vs Experience
I there a labor law protecting employees who have many years experience in a position declined opportunity for promotion based upon the absence of a college degree?
Said employer chose to hire outside of the company someone with no experience but has a college degree.
Asked on October 30, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania
M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
Legally actionable discrimination is against the law. Therefore, if you were denied a promotion based on your race, religion, age (over 40), gender, nationality, disability, etc., then you would have a claim. However, not having a college degree does not put you in such a legally protected class. Accordingly, unless your treatment violated the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, as an "at will" worker, your company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit.
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