Is it Fair to Let Them Go? Using Performance Appraisal Data to Decide on Staff Cuts
Rodey Wing, a partner at global management consulting firm Kearney, had to decide what to recommend to a struggling retailer client with over 200,000 employees. With the client's optometry division suffering from an excess of employees partly due to a pandemic downturn, Wing had initially planned to cut 1,500 employees from the division---laying off those with the lowest performance review ratings. However, a disproportionate impact assessment of the plan showed that employees from protected classes would make up a much larger share of terminated employees than expected. Wing had to determine how this information should impact his recommendations to the important client. Karen MacMillan is affiliated with Ivey Business School. Matt Pereira is affiliated with Ivey Business School.