Can we excuse the employee seeking the job-related degree for being late due to classes or exams while penalizing the employee who is seeking the non-job-related degree for the same offense?

Although this is discrimination it is not illegal discrimination. Discrimination based on the education of a worker is not specified in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are many forms of discrimination that are perfectly legal. It is important that the different treatment of employees is not (and cannot be seen as) discrimination based on race, color, religion, national ancestry, disability, age (between 40 and 70) and pregnancy.

Hope that helps you out. =)

A note about HR laws:
Laws concerning employee treatment, benefits, hiring and firing…etc are multi-level. What this means is that there are Federal laws, state laws and sometimes local regulations that have jurisdiction over an employee. The information presented here should not be considered legal advice. Ultimately, employers with serious legal questions should consult local attorneys with expertise in worker relations.
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