Overrule a hiring committee? Document the reason why.

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A three-person hiring panel at a Michigan hospital chose Phyllis, a 56-year-old social worker, as their unanimous choice. But a 31-year-old supervisor overruled that decision and hired a much younger, less experienced candidate. The EEOC sued on Phyllis' behalf and the hospital agreed to settle for $115,000. (EEOC v. Michigan Dept. of Health, WD MI)

The lesson: Hiring committees are a good way to identify the best candidates and also to remove potential discrimination from the process. But sometimes there might be valid...

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