Lockheed Martin pays out 2.5 million in racism settlement

Thursday, January 03, 2008

When it comes down to getting justice for racist employment practices, it doesn't get much better than this as famed military contractor and company Lockheed Martin has to pay out a whopping 2.5 million dollars in a racism settlement to one individual:

The world's largest military contractor will pay $2.5 million to a former avionics electrician who claims he was called the N-word, threatened with death and laid off after he reported racism on the job.

The settlement between Lockheed Martin, Inc. and Charles Daniels was filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday. It's the largest settlement with an individual in a racial discrimination case handled by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

“I have to believe it was strictly due to the color of my skin,” said Daniels, 45, at a news conference set up by the federal agency. “I was born in an era where I was told things are going to get better. We still have a long way to go.”

Here's another link from CNN on the settlement.