Can I sue my employer for education discrimination?

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Can I sue my employer for education discrimination?

I have been passed up for the last 4 jobs all of which I have the experience especially the latest job that was occupied by my former supervisor who I help trained and the department. I don’t have a batchelors degree but have the experience more than any of the candidates in the positions. All of the ones hired had no experience in the field of marketing or any prior experience and all have bathcelors degree and where of white nationality. Im puerto rican and have no college degree but have all the experience. Do I have a case to move forward to sue?

Asked on October 1, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as "education discrimination". Legally actionable discrimination has to do with lesser treatment being received by a person due to their race, religion, gender, nationality, age (over 40) or disability (plus any other factor as provided by specific state law). Other than these "protected classes", not all employees need be treated the same or even fairly. Accordingly, unless your treatment violates the terms of a union agreement or employment contract, you have no claim here. The fact it that absent the foregoing exceptions, a company can set the conditions of the worklace much as it sees fit. 


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