Major Airplane Supplier Fined For Discrimination
U.S.-based airplane parts manufacturer Electroimpact has recently been fined nearly $500,000 for discrimination against Muslim employees. Following a year-long investigation, the Washington State attorney general determined that the firm had been discriminating against single individuals and Muslims. Electroimpact is an aerospace provider for both Airbus and Boeing, and the firm came under fire when their president, Peter Zieve, voiced opinions against Muslim engineers and continually encouraged his employees to get married and procreate. The United States Department of Labor reported that 95 percent of the nearly 500 employees at Electroimpact were white.
Since news of these discriminatory practices has surfaced, Electroimpact has been vocal in maintaining that the company’s views are far different than that of their president. Emails uncovered by the Seattle Times showed Mr. Zieve referring to Muslims as “terrorist savages,” and decrying the safety of the country due to the influx of immigration. Mr. Zieve is no longer involved in the hiring or firing process and is under pressure to step down from his position as president at Electroimpact. Both Boeing and Airbus have condemned the actions of the Electroimpact president and have cited how valuable their diverse global teams are.
In order to prevent the state attorney general from moving forward with a lawsuit, the company agreed to a court-monitored decree that will last for 42 months. However, many find this punishment to be far too lenient for the blatant acts of discrimination that occurred under the watch of Mr. Zieve. Moving forward, Electroimpact has pledged to eradicate this behavior and make major systematic changes to ensure that this behavior and attitude no longer exist at their company.The wake of these discriminatory practices at the company have resulted in the loss of some of their major clients
Discrimination At Work
While certain types of employment discrimination and harassment are obvious, like the case at Electroimpact, it is important to remember that discrimination in the workplace can come in many forms. Often times discrimination can be subtle and go unnoticed until further investigation reveals otherwise. Discrimination occurs when a member of a “protected class” is not treated the same as their peers. Generally, the protected class is comprised of minorities and women. However, in certain circumstances, other individuals may also fall victim of employment discrimination.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
In the event that you believe you have been unfairly treated in the workplace, it is critical that you reach out to an experienced employment law attorney. The United States has strict anti-discrimination laws that have protected thousands of individuals in the workforce. They are in place to ensure that all workers are treated fairly allowing the best workers to rise to the top. Employment discrimination laws protect against hiring, firing, and promoting that is discriminatory in nature. If you are have fallen victim to discriminatory practices in the workplace, contact Dilla Employment Law, P.A. today. Your Clearwater attorney will review your situation and determine the best course of action to ensure you are compensated for the discrimination you received. Do not delay; call now to schedule a free consultation.