Some bosses are tougher than others. But when a new boss suddenly gives a lousy to an employee who is used to getting good reviews, the employee may try to blame the change on the new supervisor’s alleged bias.
Absent other evidence, that won’t prove discrimination in court.
Recent case: Thomas Finn was promoted after receiving good reviews from his supervisor. His new boss wasn’t nearly as pleased with Finn and demoted him back to his former position. Later, the new supervisor gave Finn poor reviews for the job in which he had previously been rated highly. Eventually, Finn was fired for .
He sued, alleging age discrimination and held up the old reviews as proof.
But the court tossed out the case, saying he needed more than that to prove discrimination. (Finn v. J.B. Hunt, No. 07-4851, DC NJ, 2009)
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review
- You owe them an honest critique
- Terminated employee claims discrimination? Warn managers against any sort of retaliation
- Courts grow impatient with employees' frivolous cases
- Lack of female supervisors a red flag for discrimination