Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 149–163

Performance appraisals and discrimination suits: Do courts pay attention to validity?

  • Caryn L. Beck-Dudley
  • Glenn M. McEvoy

DOI: 10.1007/BF01390356

Cite this article as:
Beck-Dudley, C.L. & McEvoy, G.M. Employ Respons Rights J (1991) 4: 149. doi:10.1007/BF01390356


Performance appraisals have been reviewed by courts when there is an allegation they were used in a discriminatory manner. This article evaluates several federal court cases where performance appraisals were at issue. This analysis leads to the conclusion that courts give very little direction to employers and employees as to whether a particular type of performance appraisal system will withstand judicial scrutiny.

Key Words

performance appraisalevaluationemployeeemployertest

Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Caryn L. Beck-Dudley
    • 1
  • Glenn M. McEvoy
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Management and Human ResourcesUtah State UniversityLogan