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Boeing flying low following EEOC harassment settlements

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Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing has agreed to pay $380,000 to settle two sexual harassment complaints filed by employees at its Mesa, Ariz., plant.

The first case involved electrical engineer Antonia Castron, who complained to the EEOC that her work unit was plagued by sex discrimination. Boeing failed to punish the perpetrators, but moved Castron to a structural design unit where her electrical engineering skills were of little use. Castron likened the situation to asking a “heart surgeon to perform brain surgery.”

Out of her area of expertise, Castron’s evaluations deteriorated quickly. Boeing bases its layoff schedule on employee evaluations, and Castron soon found herself with a pink slip.

Similarly, manufacturing engineer Renee Wrede complained of gender-based harassment from her supervisors. Boeing took no action, but the supervisors accused of harassment began evaluating her poorly. She was eventually scheduled for a layoff.

When it investigated, the EEOC found that Boeing manipulated Castron’s and Wrede’s evaluations to ensure they were laid off.

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