I certainly understand your point. It doesn't logically make sense that you aren't qualified for a position, but you are qualified to teach someone else to be qualified for the position.
Regrettably, employment law
does not require an employer to be logical, fair or reasonable. It simply requires them to not make decision based on illegal factors.
When we see something illogical like this, we have to look at it and see if it suggests an illegal motivation, such as race, religion, gender, age, disability or FMLA use discrimination
. If you had recently used FMLA, for instance, and you had these same facts, I would argue that that is clear evidence of FMLA use retaliation
But again, there is no legal claim based solely on an employer being illogical, unreasonable or unfair. There must be an illegal motivation. I sue employers for a living. If there was a claim here, I would have every motivation to tell you so, but there just is not a claim based solely on the illogical actions of the employer here.