We’re Not Promoted Because of Our Relationship

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about being passed over for promotion: I feel our careers will never advance due to our personal relationship.

Six years ago I had an affair with another employee. We fell in love and he divorced his wife 3 years ago. It happens that our boss’s wife is his ex’s best friend. She talks about us constantly at public functions in order to make us look bad. Also I had another quick affair years ago with a supervisor. When I told him I needed it to stop. He became angry and now holds that against me and my boyfriend. We both do a great job at work and both have been passed over multiple times for promotion and advancement positions. I feel our careers will never advance due to our personal relationship. Do we have any recourse?

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Discrimination – Adverse Impact?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about:

I worked at my place of employment for 4 ½ years. My coworker had been there a little over 2 ½ years. We both had the same supervisor/manager. My coworker felt as though he needed help with his workload, therefore a third person was hired to assist him. The third person also had the same supervisor/manager as we did (in writing) but was trained/supervised/tasked by my coworker. A couple of months later, I went into my supervisor/manager’s office and he proceeded to tell me that my coworker had been given a supervisory position (and subsequently a promotion) but Human Resources (HR) had informed him that in order for someone to be a supervisor, they must supervise at least two people, therefore, I would be put under my coworker in order for him to keep his status. After my supervisor/manager said that, he then said, “Don’t worry, we are going to take care of you too.” I did not respond and I walked out of his office.

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