Seventh Circuit Reminds Employers How Important Accurate Employee Evaluations Can Be to Defending an Employment Decision

In Abrego v. Veterans Affairs, an employee claimed the termination of his employment was due to racial discrimination. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals used as evidence the employer’s comments in the annual evaluation to uphold the dismissal of the lawsuit. The employer had given the Abrego satisfactory annual review ratings but had noted, with specificity, the performance problems in the comment section of the reviews. The Court of Appeals upheld the employment termination and dismissed the claims of racial discrimination because the employer had provided evidence of documented performance problems, proving once again how key annual performance evaluations are to an employee’s work history and file.


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