Unethical hiring practices in Federal Government
June 6, 2013 7:00 PM Subscribe
I have a question regarding unethical hiring practices. This question has a few permutations to it. The main one is it looks like a woman will be interviewing for a position, and one person on the three-person interview panel is a man with whom she is having an affair. The other folks who will be interviewed for the job are aware of this. What is their recourse? What is the smartest course of action?
posted by anonymous to Grab Bag (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My brother works for the Federal Government. The organization he works for has deteriorated over the past two years, after merging with a sister agency. The individuals in positions of leadership who were effective and fair/moral had integrity, have left. In his organization there is a branch chief and two section chiefs. One section chief just moved into the branch chief role - lets call her Katie. One brand new person has been hired to be a section chief - lets call him Brad. The other section chief position was just advertised this week. Katie, Branch Chief A has just left on maternity leave, and as soon as she left for maternity leave, it appears the environment has gone Lord of the Flies. The opportunities for travel to conferences and workshops that normally come up have and are presented to the entire team have been usurped by one individual on the team, lets that individual Missy. Missy has been given the oppty to go to a series of workshops because a Branch Chief (Lets call him Branch Chief B) from another division has insisted that she go. Missy is having an affair with Branch Chief B and they have for months been using every opportunity to take work trips together. The people processing their travel are aware of this and looking for fraudulent activity.
Normally each member of the team would have the opportunity to attend these workshops, but because Katie is on maternity leave, and the Acting Boss, Brad is brand new, this other Branch Chief, Branch Chief B, has been able to influence Brad who has no idea of what is really going on, is himself very insecure, volatile, and too proud to ask questions, and has been befriended by Missy.
Fast Forward. There's now an opening for a GS-15 position in the organization. "Missy", who began her position a year ago as a 14, who is having an affair with Branch Chief B is gunning for this position. That Branch Chief B, in addition to Brad, would serve on the interview panel.
It appears that while this job opening should have been advertised months ago, Branch Chief B arranged to have it advertised after "Missy" fuflilled her one year requirement as a GS-14 in order to qualify for the 15. He is positioning her to move into the GS-15 role, presumably so that she can continue to control her travel so that she can align her business trips with his.
This is upsetting to members on the team that have been at the organization much longer, are are far more qualified for the 15 position. What are those members' on the team's options for recourse? Have you ever seen this happen before? What would be the best course of action for my brother, who would like a fair chance at this job, knowing Branch Chief B will be on the interview panel, and will presumably fight for Missy to have the job? Should my brother just sit back and see what happens and then file a complaint if she is offered the job or should he take action before the interviews take place? I think, while its pretty disgusting to observe what is going on, there really is noone in the organzation that will really do anything about it - my brother feels that the director and the deputy director, who are the heads of the organization are equally corrupt and spineless as well as good friends with the Branch Chief B. And bringing this to their attention would only cause my brother harm. Any thoughts, suggestions or anecdata would be appreciated.