Newport News Shipyard and Contractor Will Pay $80,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Huntington Ingalls, Inc., the present owner of the shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, and its contractor Quality Coatings of Virginia, Inc. of Chesapeake, Va., has agreed to settle a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The complaint alleges the companies violated federal law in May 2009 when they discharged Walter Strickland and Brian Glover. The men had provided written statements concerning a female supervisor whom they alleged had been kneeing her male subordinates in the groin. Strickland and Glover worked for Quality Coatings on the cleaning crew aboard the U.S.S. George H. W. Bush, which was docked in Norfolk at the time. Strickland and Bush provided the written statements on the morning of May 1, 2009, and were removed from their positions aboard the ship that same day. The companies agree to pay $80,000 for the retaliation. Full article.

Retaliation against an employee for taking action against perceived discrimination violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law forbids retaliation when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment. It is illegal to fire, demote, harass, or otherwise “retaliate” against people (applicants or employees) because they filed a charge of discrimination, because they complained to their employer about discrimination on the job, or because they participated in an employment discrimination proceeding.

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