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I was told my promotion was 'in the bag' but found out it was blocked by my site lead. Grapevine has revealed he was reported several times for sexism but for promoting too many women Haha. (Cont...)

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I think you need more than grapevine to report to HR. Often, affordability can limit promotions even when they are seemingly “in the bag” and this is a pretty serious accusation for something that is currently just a rumor

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I don’t know what that is but regardless, it doesn’t prove anything. Its not at all unusual to have different forms of compensation and recognition that are used as retention strategies, especially in cases where affordability limits the ability to give promotions or raises

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Damn what a shitty situation to be in. I’d be having a conversation with as many people who support your promotion as possible. All partners, SM’s, etc. Given his remarks about needing to promote men (which I find difficult to reconcile given the proportion of women in our industry) you have a good case for push back. No company wants to be viewed as putting men before women in the current social climate

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I would tread very carefully with gossip; a lot of times it is just that, not based on any facts. I would suggest to have a conversation with your career coach/partner - the person that is responsible for your career. Then sit with your direct supervisor, the site’s lead and their supervisor on 1-1s and ask for their coaching on what were the gaps that prevented you from getting promoted and how to get to the next level. No promotion is ever in the bag; your career coach makes a case and the committee decides collectively on relative performance and business needs. Which means that two people with the exact same performance may get different outcomes if they are up for promotion on different years. One more thing to consider: if your lead’s lead was supportive of your promotion, I am guessing they talked to your lead too about their opinion of your performance. I find it weird that your lead decided to push against their lead’s recommendation because ‘they need to promote more men’, especially as your lead has been a women’s advocate. People don’t become douchey overnight.

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Oh no, hes been douchey the whole time. As far as being an advocate for women, it was because the women were the most deserving of the promotions which is why the previous HR complaints against him went no where. It made me feel like he is scared of another HR complaint from males in our office that the women run laps around.

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Cont.... grapevine also revealed he has made recent remarks about needing to promote more males. Is his reluctance to promote me based off past accusations grounds for a call to our HR on my behalf? I feel like my gender is being used to block the promotion especially since my direct supervisor and my Male site lead's supervisor were on board with the promotion.

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Get a lawyer and launch a formal complaint? Or sounds like a time to leave.

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