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It would be very difficult to establish that this would be an EEO violation. It would need to be shown that the two people that "applied" at the direction of the HOA were of a different race, age, religion, gender and/or disability than all of the other applicants. That is, that the applicants that applied were rejected because of their race, age, religion, gender and/or disability.
If the HOA can establish a valid, neutral reason for their actions, then it wouldn't violate any EEO laws.
One of the new "applicants" is a friend of 8 of the 11 board members. She used to be the operations manger of the association and resigned.
EEO laws don't address bias based on friendship, family relation, etc... but only prohibit discrimination based on race, age, religion, gender, or disability.
So even if it could be proven that none of these other individuals were hired because they wanted to hire this friend, that would not violate any law, although it could be a violation of the bylaws, CC&Rs, etc... (depending on what those say in regards XXXXX XXXXX situation). It would not be an EEO law violation.
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