Performance Appraisals: Michigan
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Daniel Cohen, Pilchak & Cohen, P.C.
- Michigan law provides for a number of legal actions against an employer relating to performance appraisals. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
- Common law tort claims for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent retention and false light invasion of privacy claims can be alleged on the basis of performance appraisals. However, employers have multiple defenses to these claims. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
- Michigan's Equal Pay Act protects against inequality of pay based upon sex. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
- Michigan's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of height, weight and marital status in addition to discrimination on the basis of the other classifications protected by Title VII. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
- The Michigan Persons with Disabilities Act may obligate an employer to provide reasonable accommodations to an employee in the appraisal process. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
- Michigan law prohibits retaliation against employees who engage in protected activities. See Performance Appraisals and Retaliation.
- Performance Appraisals are personnel records under the Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act. See Bullard-Plawecki Employee Right to Know Act.