Q & A Session – Same Work, Same Promotional Opportunities?


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I currently work in a position that 6 other co-workers also perform in my office. They have a higher full performance level than I do and yet we all do exactly the same work and are the same series, etc. Is there any rule/law that states that employees who do the same work in the same office should have the same promotion opportunities? 


An employee’s promotional potential within a position is determined by the vacancy announcement under which the employee was hired. Agencies are not required to advertise like positions with the same promotion potential. 

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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