Case Study 10: An Anti-Nepotism Policy
Keller Graduate School
Nepotism is when favoritism is granted to relatives regardless of merit. An example of this is hiring or promoting relatives merely because they are family members, with no regard to their qualifications or consideration of other job candidates or employees. Anti-nepotism in the United States date back to the early 1970s, there have been various legal challenges the policies and regulations. Although many plaintiffs are professionals who have been denied employment, transferred or even dismissed because either their husbands or wives were already employed and worked for the same organization or due to their husbands or wives being promoted to supervisory positions over them, because of this plaintiffs certain that they have a legal right to work with their spouses, and it suggests that anti-nepotism rules are a means to discriminate against them and because of this such rules violate their constitutional right to marry.
In the following case study; Keith Walton, was an employee of the Company, in which he was hired as a Helper at the Manatee Power Plant and from there he worked his way up to a Journeyman Mechanic. He is the nephew of Bill Williams who also happens to be an employee of the Company. In October 1991 the Company was informed that Mr. Walton had an uncle working for the company, and because of this he was then questioned by Frank Hayes in reference to him having an uncle who works for The Company, Mr. Walton replied that he did have an uncle who was currently employed with The Company. On November 2, 1991 Mr. Walton was terminated for violation of its anti-nepotism policy. Mr. Walton alleges the Company tortuously violated public policy when it fired him and he is seeking reinstatement, back pay, and attorney fees and costs.
The Union’s position is that the Company has the right to...