Utah Employment Law Letter - April 2013: Failure to Promote: 10th Circuit ‘chops’ Forest Service employee’s discrimination claims

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Originally published in the Utah Employment Law Letter - April 2013.

If a proverbial tree falls in the forest, even though it may be bigger and taller than the trees around it, does anyone hear it? Now imagine that the tree isn’t a tree but a female U.S. Forest Service (USFS) employee applying for a management position. She wasn’t selected, even though she arguably was the most qualified applicant. Instead, the USFS broadened its search, eventually awarding the job to a man with different qualifications than the female USFS employee. Read on to find out whether a court allowed her claims to proceed to trial.

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Laura Conroy is employed by the USFS in Ogden. She has served as a programming and technical expert for certain database systems and as the regional coordinator for a USFS database known as INFRA. She doesn’t have a college degree...

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