My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: CA, Federal
Hi. I think that I may about to be a victim of employment discrimination.
Personal background: I am a long-time Federal employee, white male, GS-13 pay grade, 46 yo, with two Master's degrees (MBA & systems engineering). I'm also rated as 50% disabled by the VA with combat service. My record is excellent with many awards & no disciplinary issues whatsoever.
Situation: In June, a vacancy came open for a supervisory position in my small section (2 current supervisors & 10 employees; this would be a 3rd supervisory position.) Finally, just last week, I learned that I was referred for the opening. In the meantime, another person in my office (also a white male, same age, no grad degree, not a vet) has become quite close to the two supervisors & is functioning in some ways as their deputy. He has made no secret of his ambitions, and that's fine. What I find disturbing is that two weeks ago, this guy brought his wife into work with him the entire day. He & she spent the entire day with one of the supervisors (a female), and later that night they not only accompanied her to a formal social event sponsored by my organization but also spent the night at her house!
Since then, the work relationship between this guy & the supervisor has gotten even closer, and he sometimes gives orders on her behalf. He even posted pictures of himself, his wife, and the supervisor at that event on our organization's Intranet. Supposedly, a selection board will be convened in the near future, but I've heard nothing about it; in fact, I have not been informed by them that anyone has been referred (found out myself via the agency's employment website).
Needless to say, I don't feel as if my odds are good for this promotion. I would very much like to know what, if any, my legal options would be if he gets the job as I anticipate. I am not sure if my veteran's preference would be a factor, but at the very least it seems that the relationship I described seems inappropriate in this situation; I don't think that my qualifications & performance will be objectively weighed in light of all this. Any advice anyone can provide would be most appreciated!