September 12, 2002 at 6:48 PM EST - Updated August 2 at 5:13 AM
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Goodyear employees filed suit on Thursday against a personnel evaluation system that they claim is discriminatory.
The Akron-based tire maker changed the system before the lawsuit was filed.
Retiree-advocacy group AARP and several lawyers representing workers filed the lawsuit in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Akron. They want to make it a class-action on behalf of any affected employee.
The company said on Wednesday that it was dropping one part of the evaluation system. Managers were required to give low marks to roughly the bottom 10 percent of employees. Those workers who received low grades were denied raises and some were fired or demoted.
Lawyer Megan Bonanni said that a disproportionate number of older workers got low marks. Goodyear spokesman Keith Price denied that.
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