Labor & Employment
EEOC Obtains Record Settlement in Race Bias Case
Posted Jan 3, 2008 10:27 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has negotiated a record $2.5 million settlement on behalf of a former electrician at Lockheed Martin Corp.
The EEOC says the amount is the largest settlement it has secured for an individual in a racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports.
The plaintiff, Charles Daniels, had alleged co-workers called him derogatory names and threatened his life after he reported the conduct to supervisors. Legal experts told the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) the settlement will spur employers to emphasize policies barring racial harassment and devote more resources to individual discrimination cases.
Lockheed contends it responded appropriately when it learned of Daniels’ complaints and says it settled to put the matter to rest.