I am a police officer in Washington State. About 3 years ago I left a detective position and was very outspoken about the poor management of the unit by a supervisor. Whether it matters or not, this is generally the consensus about that unit and supervisor. This was all internal, nothing to the press etc.
As a result, the #2 in the Department has essentially blacklisted me for promotion to a new detective position. On at least 9 occasions in the past three years, I have applied for positions that were given to other people. On at least four occasions I was the #1 choice of the immediate supervisor of that unit, but the command staff denied me the position for another person. In one of those cases, I was far better qualified (had experience in the field, had previously been a detective, etc.) than the person who go the job (a cop for less than 3 years, never been a detective, dad is a supervisor on the same department). It is common knowledge that he was given the position because he had been in several car accidents on duty, including one that killed someone and they wanted to get him off the street.
This is a common practice here, the more you screw up, the more likely you are to move up. People that create controversy or bad press for the Department are promoted to "get them off of the street and out of the public eye."
Despite my requests to have someone explain why I did not get the position, i have never been told a reasonable answer (which violates policy).
I don't think, and could never prove, that this is based on any protected class. This is strictly a case of where I have pissed off a person in power and they have blacklisted me. Do I have any kind of case?