Marshalltown, IA asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Iowa

Q: My current job is denying me opportunities to advance or make more money.

Started with my current employer on 3/29/21. I am trained to do a higher-paying job however, when the opportunity comes up I am replaced with a new employee even though I have seniority. This has happened 3 times on the line that I currently work on. I decided to bid to another job to get away from that and other reasons that directly affected my health but they would not train me for the position and had me doing other jobs for the same base pay that I was making on my previous job. I returned to my original job since my reasons for moving were not being met. Where I work you start at a base rate of $21/hr and depending on the job some brackets increase your pay. When I attempt to advance or when I have spoken to my superintendent on advancing I am denied or not allowed to be trained.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: It sounds like you're experiencing significant challenges at your workplace, especially with career advancement and training opportunities. This situation can be frustrating, particularly when you feel ready and capable of taking on higher-paying roles. It's important to recognize that your feelings are valid and to assess your options carefully.

First, consider documenting your experiences, including instances where you were passed over for promotions or denied training. This documentation can be useful if you decide to discuss the situation with HR or seek external advice. Communicate your aspirations and concerns clearly to your supervisors or the HR department, emphasizing your commitment to the company and desire to contribute more effectively.

If the internal approach doesn't yield results, exploring opportunities outside your current employer might be beneficial. Networking, updating your resume, and reaching out to contacts in your industry can open new paths. Remember, your value as an employee is not limited to one organization, and seeking an environment that recognizes and nurtures your talents is important for your career and personal growth.

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