Keep references to past litigation out of employees’ personnel files

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A group of black and Hispanic police officers have accused the NYPD of harassment for noting in their personnel files that they were complainants in a discrimination suit. The notations could damage their careers, their attorney says.

The lesson: Past litigation records don’t relate to employee performance, so keep them separate from personnel files. Only information related to job performance, performance appraisals, compensation and any disciplinary action taken belongs in personnel files.  

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