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Telebriefs®: Uber Agreed to $10 Million Settlement Over Gender and Racial Bias Employee Performance Evaluations

On March 28th, 2018, Uber agreed to pay a settlement of $10,000,000 for claims that were made in a lawsuit originally filed in California State Court, then removed to Federal Court. The claims contented that Uber’s performance evaluation system unfairly ranked female employees and employees of color lower than their male counterparts and, therefore, resulted in lower pay increases for those employees. According to the complaint, “Female employees and employees of color are systematically undervalued compared to their male and white or Asian American peers because female employees and employees of color receive, on average, lower rankings despite equal or better performance.” It is therefore imperative that employers ensure that employee performance evaluations are objective and there are no explicit or implicit biases in the evaluation process. Employers who are unsure of their current performance evaluation processes should consider hiring a compensation expert or someone who regularly deals with performance evaluation systems. To learn more about employee performance evaluation systems,  listen to this week’s Telebrief here.


Also in this week’s Telebrief: What to do if an employee uses up his or her medical leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  



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Howard Kurman | 410-209-6417

Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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