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Performance Appraisals: Indiana

Performance Appraisals requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Tareen Zafrullah, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Generally, Indiana law does not restrict communications such as performance appraisals. With respect to performance appraisals, employees may file claims based on defamation and intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress. However, employers have a number of defenses to these claims. See Employer Liability Regarding Performance Appraisals.
  • Indiana has laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry and age. These employee protections should be kept in mind when evaluating job performance. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
  • Indiana law prohibits retaliation against employees who engage in protected activities. See Performance Appraisals and Retaliation.
  • Indiana law allows individuals to bring claims for negligent hiring and retention of an employee under certain circumstances. See Negligent Hiring and Retention.