I manage three analysts: one male and two females. All analysts have been working in the field for a similar amount of time, but one of the women is currently on maternity leave. The male analyst recently asked for a promotion to a senior analyst position. This role doesn’t technically exist, so we’d have to create a new job title and job description. He’s a great employee and is willing to take on more work, but I’m concerned that creating a new position for him and not for the other two women in the group might be construed as sexist—especially since one of the women is out on maternity leave. I’m afraid that without the promotion, the male analyst will leave. But I’m also worried that if I promote him and not the others, I’ll get hit with a discrimination complaint. I know a quick fix would be to just promote all three of my employees, but I don’t have the budget to give everyone a raise, so I need to be selective. What should I do?
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