EEOC record race-Bias case sends ‘Powerful message’

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Lockheed Martin agreed last month to pay $2.5 million to settle a race discrimination suit brought by a black employee who was subjected to racist graffiti and oral harassment, including use of the “n” word and threats of lynching.

The settlement is the largest award ever obtained by the EEOC for a single person in a race-bias case. It “sends a powerful message that racism cannot and must not be tolerated,” said an EEOC spokesman.

Racial harassment charges filed with the EEOC have more than doubled since the early 1990s, reaching about 7,000 claims last year. Race remains the top basis of discrimination charges, accounting for 36% of the EEOC’s caseload. Last year, the agency launched its E-RACE (Eradicating Racism and Colorism from Employment) education and enforcement initiative. For details, go to www.eeoc.gov/initiatives/e-race.

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