Can my boss get away with nepotism in pay
Q. My boss has cut back my hours because of budgetary
concerns, yet she has "found" the money in her budget to get her two
college-age daughters part-time work in our department (human resources), as
well as odd jobs in other departments. She also hired friends of hers. I
learned that one of her friends got a raise when the rest of us didn't, even
though the friend had just started working here. I have always worked very
hard, often working through lunch hour without asking for overtime. Lately I've
started sending out my resume. Is there anything else I can do?
A. Unfortunately, there is no law prohibiting your boss from
offering her children work or paying her children more money than you. I think
you have done the right thing by beginning your search for a new position.
Quite frankly, an organization doesn't show very good
judgment when it permits an HR director to hire her daughters to work in the
same department she is heading. It also suggests to me that the organization
has a culture that rewards people not for what they know, but rather for whom they know.
I hope you manage to find an organization that will reward
you for your hard work. There are good companies out there - you just have to