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Bonuses and Discrimination?

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I am the HR Mgr of a small gov't contractor located in NY. Bonuses were paid to some exempt employees and not others. There was also a list compiked for possible future bonus recipients. When I asked for the selection criteria for both lists, I was told that they were discretionary.
Is it true that discretionary bonuses can be dispersed without concern for inadvertent discrimination? Any guidance would be greately appreciated.

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