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I am very sorry to hear about your difficulty getting the transfer approved. Unfortunately, however, I must tell you that from a legal standpoint you would not have any recourse. The reason, simply, is that company policies do not create binding legal obligations on employers. They are simply interpreted by courts as guidelines that give employees a general idea of what to expect.
So, no claim would arise from your employer's refusal to honor to technical language of their own policy. All you can do in this circumstance is attempt to persuade. This means writing the supervisor in the other department and explaining the situation, asking him to get in touch with his boss if necessary. There is no legal right to fairness in these circumstances, though. If your employer ultimately denies the transfer for both of you, you would not have any recourse under the law I'm afraid to say.
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