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Age Discrimination at Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (“FCA”) faces a discrimination class action lawsuit for the second time in as many months.  In a lawsuit filed February 27, 2017 in the United States District Court, FCA allegedly mistreated older employees during their performance reviews.  As a result, these older employees received fewer promotions and lower pay.

The lawsuit claims that the pictures are used by upper-level managers who rarely interact with the workers they review; these managers give lower scores to employees over age 55, despite glowing reviews from the employees’ immediate supervisors.  The plaintiff’s attorney, Shereef Akeel, explains: “The use of a photograph has no value in determining how well someone performed for a year.  Someone can be judged by appearance rather than by their performance.”

This lawsuit comes after another filed by a former diversity manager who alleges that for at least the years 2014 to 2017, FCA’s review process adversely affected older and black employees, resulting in lower scores on their evaluations than their younger and white co-workers.