Lockheed Agrees to Record Settlement on Racial Case (Workforce Management)

Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $2.5 million to end a racial discrimination suit brought by an electrician who says he was subject to harassment and threats to his life during the two years he worked for the giant military contractor.The settlement, announced Wednesday, January 2, is the biggest award ever obtained by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of an individual in a racial discrimination case. The consent decree reached with Lockheed has been filed in the U.S. Court for the District of Hawaii and is subject to the courtís approval.

In addition to the payment to Charles Daniels, an African-American avionics electrician who worked for the company from September 1999 to August 2001, Lockheed fired or barred from rehiring the team leader and four co-workers who verbally abused him. The company also agreed to establish a special anti-discrimination training program at its aircraft logistics centers.

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