AKRON (Sept. 12)—Goodyear will alter a controversial performance evaluation system for its salaried employees, but the decision didn´t prevent the filing of an age discrimination lawsuit stemming from the company's implementation of the system. The Akron tire maker said Sept. 11 it would change its 18-month-old A-B-C grading system because it was confusing to managers and the "forced distribution" portion of the program wasn´t getting the results the company wanted. Under the A-B-C grading system, salaried employees were evaluated within their departments or work groups, and about 10 percent were given As, 80 percent Bs and 10 percent Cs. Workers receiving Cs were not eligible for merit raises and were warned more Cs could lead to demotions or firings. But a group of eight former and current Goodyear employees believes the company´s implementation of the system has another problem: it unfairly targets older workers. Attorneys representing the group filed a discrimination suit Sept. 12, one day after Goodyear´s announcement. Steven Bell, an attorney with Simon Law Firm in Cleveland and a co-counsel for the plaintiffs, said there is overwhelming evidence showing the grading system impacted a disproportionate number of "older" workers at Goodyear.
Goodyear plans to change employee-grading system, faces age discrimination lawsuit
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