Lockheed Martin will pay $2.5 million to an electrician for harassment he suffered at the hands of co-workers, including threats of lynching and use of the “n” word. The EEOC sued the Bethesda, MD-based contractor on behalf of Charles Daniels, who worked on military aircraft on field service teams in Jacksonville, as well as Whidbey Island, WA, and Oahu, HI.
The settlement set an EEOC record—the largest sum ever secured by the agency for an individual plaintiff in a race discrimination case.
Daniels was regularly subjected to comments such as “We should do to blacks what Hitler did to the Jews” and “If the South had won, then this would be a better country.” After he reported the harassment, Daniels received death threats. Lockheed knew about the harassment and failed to stop it, the EEOC reported.
Daniels said after the trial, “As an armed forces veteran who swore to defend the rights and interest of Americans around the globe, I find it sad that the U.S. government had to sue its largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin—whose slogan is ‘We never forget who we’re working for’—to protect my rights here at home.”
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