Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.
I was rated “effective” in a performance appraisal done last year and was prevented from receiving a performance bonus from the bonus pool. Can an employee refuse to sign a performance appraisal if he does not agree with it?
I think it is unwise to not sign a performance appraisal, even if you do not agree with it. Your signature merely acknowledges that you have received the appraisal. You still have grievance and Equal Employment Opportunity rights. Sometimes a refusal to sign can be perceived negatively by a grievance deciding official or an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administrative judge.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.
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