by Tresa Baldas
Originally published: March 3, 2017
For the second time in two months, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been hit with a discrimination class action, this one alleging it mistreats older employees during their performance evaluations and as a result gives them lower pay and fewer promotions than their younger counterparts.
Among the allegations: That employees' photographs are used during the performance review process at Fiat Chrysler. According to the lawsuit filed Feb. 27 in U.S. District Court, Fiat Chrysler's upper-level managers who rarely work with the employees they are evaluating have the workers' photo displayed in front of them when they are rating their performance.
The lawsuit claims that upper-level managers too often give lower scores to employees ages 55 and older, even when the employees' immediate supervisors have given them glowing reviews. The lawsuit claims this ultimately results in lower pay and fewer promotions for older employees who are the victims of a review process that's stacked against them.