History: What is Nepotism?

Oh how I’ve heard that word tossed about. Nepotism is showing favoritism to relatives. In the workplace it refers to giving jobs to your family members. In the not too distant past people would help their family members find jobs, frequently in government positions. Any quick scan of your local list of government employees may show large numbers of the same last name. That could be because it’s a popular name in the community but it could also mean that before rules were stricter, family members were able to help relatives land a position. Today, more changes have been made and it’s not unusual on a job application to have to answer the question: Do any of your family members work here?

Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical series, The Lion’s Trace Available here:

The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)


The Guild (Book 2)


The Last Quadroon (Book 3)


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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