Caroline J. Berdzik, Co-Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Labor and Employment Practice Group, was interviewed for a NJ Biz article examining an employment discrimination lawsuit alleging that a major electronics company passed over qualified black women when awarding promotions, despite their talent and tenure with the company. The plaintiffs claim that the company’s succession plan named one of them as next in line for a vice president role.
Caroline, who is not involved in the case, told NJ Biz that if that document exists, it serves as a cautionary tale for companies looking down the road. “Things change. Business plans change. Anything in writing can come back and haunt you when it’s that specific,” she said.
Noting a number of best practices for employers when planning for the future, Caroline added, “Having a vision for the future and where you want to be is important for the economic health and well-being of a company. … But I think they have to be very circumspect about how they do it.”