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Performance Appraisals: North Carolina

Performance Appraisals requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services


  • Generally, North Carolina law does not restrict private communications, including performance appraisals, particularly when those communications are kept confidential between management and the employee. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
  • With respect to performance appraisals, employees may file claims based on defamation, invasion of privacy or intentional infliction of emotional distress. However, employers have a number of defenses to these claims. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
  • North Carolina employers enjoy a qualified immunity when providing job references upon employee request. See Job Reference Immunity.
  • North Carolina law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
  • North Carolina law prohibits employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees who engage in certain whistleblowing activities. See Performance Appraisals and Whistleblower Protection.
  • North Carolina law allows individuals to bring claims for negligent hiring or negligent retention of an employee. See Negligent Retention.