Q: Is it Illegal for a district manager refuse someone a promotion if their boyfriend is a general manager of a restaurant
A: Your inquiry is not very understandable about the facts of the situation (such as, is the general manager the boyfriend of the "someone" or boyfriend of the district manager?), but, in any event, if you're talking about a private company, no law requires it to have some logical reason for denying a promotion. The only limitation on a company's promotion decision is that it cannot engage in unlawful discrimination or retaliation. For example, it cannot deny a promotion based on your race or gender (amongst other categories) or because you complain about unlawful discrimination or other unlawful conduct (amongst other kinds of retaliation). Sometimes, an excuse given by the employer is really a fake excuse to cover up the real, unlawful reason for the action. In that event, the employee may be able to take legal action if he/she has evidence that the excuse was fake.
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