Huntington Ingalls, Inc. pays $80,000 to settle a retaliation lawsuit. The discrimination lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC“). According to published accounts, the company fired Walter Strickland and Brian Glover after they provided written statements about another employee who was engaging in discriminatory conduct. Another words, they were being good employees and just speaking the truth.
When there is a hostile work environment at work and employees try to rectify the problem by reporting the conduct to management they are protected. In this case that is exactly what took place. These two employees were just doing what they were suppose to do. The company tried to silence those that came forward, which is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the end the company probably lost two good employees and had to pay a good amount of money.
“An employee’s ability to report conduct believed to be discriminatory without fear of reprisal is fundamental to creating workplaces free of discrimination,” said EEOC attorney Lynette A. Barnes