IT'S POOR INTERVIEW PERFORMANCE AND NOT GENDER BIAS, THE JURY FEELS AS IT SIDES WITH FEDEX
News by Editorial Team 11 Feb 2019
The Jury at Free V. Federal Express Corporation was not convinced that the plaintiff, Christi Free, a FedEx employee was turned down an offer for promotion due to gender bias. The district court allowed the case to go to the jury because it felt that poor interview performance is a legitimate and non-discriminatory reason for denying a promotion. Free, applied multiple times for a posting for Global Operations Control Manager, FedEx rejected her application as they said they found the interview below par. The alleged discriminatory comment that Free brought forward were made by the supervisor of the interviewer and not the interviewer. Also, a separate discriminatory remark relating a female employee as “cute” was directed at another female employee. The jury, however, acknowledged the discriminatory practices of scoring male and female interviews differently and the practice of passing derogatory comments in FedEx.