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Could you pls advise what I can do in this case?
A few months ago, I applied for a career break in my company. My boss asked me to go through a process whereby I have to meet the HR person. It was very formal and I had to answer many questions before my request was granted.
Now I found out that another person had the same request. However, this time, my boss personally  approved without asking him to meet the HR. I found it unfair so I contacted the HR person, who replied that this person also went through the same process.
However, I have reason to believe that the HR is lying.
Can I have a formal complaint about unfair treatment?
Thank you

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Hi Wayne
My apologies for the delay in responding. Was traveling & missed your question.

I understand the sense of injustice & unfairness when you find that you had to go through a process for s request that someone else did not.

Before I respond on what you need to do, it is important for me to understand why you want to respond to this situation.

My reason for saying this is that if the organization holds fairness as a value then it will be worthwhile raising the issue. Else it will be an appeal that will fall on deaf ears and may just end up antagonizing the team and not lead to any outcome that you may be seeking.

If fairness is indeed a value, then you could share with any person who is an ombudsman of values of the organization. You will of course need to share why you feel so and perhaps provide some evidence too.

Hope this helps you think through what you want to do & why. I will be happy to hear your response to the same so that I can share any other thoughts that I may have reading your response. All the best.

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Pankaj Bhargava

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Questions related to choice of career, inter-personal issues at the workplace, performance management issues, structure issues, compensation structuring issues, culture building issues, linking HR with org. strategy

Experience

22 years in HR and Org. Development, designing & facilitating interventions, leading an HR team of an Indian multinational & facilitating multiple organizations across industries to build the desired culture to serve business need

Publications
HR magazine of TISS (an HR institute of repute - Tata Institute of Social Sciences)

Education/Credentials
B. Tech (Chemical Engineering) from IIT Mumbai (one of the most reputed engineering school in India) and PGDM (MBA) from IIM Kolkata (one of the most reputed management institutes in India).

Awards and Honors
Was awarded the Gold Medal for excellence in HR by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce at IIM

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