Business Management Daily (04/22/12)
A black woman working as a certified nursing assistant was placed in a nursing home by a staffing firm, which forwarded her nursing assistant certificate to the nursing home. The woman filed suit against the nursing home claiming discrimination when it requested additional certification information, as it had fired another nursing assistant with the same first and last name and certificate number just days earlier. The court determined that the nursing home’s request was not burdensome, and therefore, not an adverse employment action, so the discrimination claim was dismissed. Thus, employers concerned about professional credentials or other certifications can reasonably request clarification.