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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

The federal government routinely awards contracts to companies with histories of misconduct, including contract fraud and other violations. POGO believes that providing this website will help to improve contracting decisions and increase public knowledge of how the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars each year. Read more…

Abney et al. v. General Electric (Racial Discrimination)

General Electric agreed to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by 62 African-American industrial laborers in Monroeville, Alabama. The plaintiffs alleged discrimination by Baghouse Associates, a company GE bought in 2004 (now doing business as BHA Group, Inc.). The plaintiffs worked for Lacy Enterprises, which supplied workers to Baghouse Associates (and later to GE) to change effluent filters at power plants and other heavy industrial facilities. The plaintiffs alleged that their GE supervisor subjected them to racial slurs and insults, denied them rest and bathroom breaks, and arbitrarily fired or suspended workers because of their race. According to media accounts, GE agreed to settle for approximately $3 million.

Misconduct Type
Labor
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
None
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Settlement – approx.
11/29/2010
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
General Electric Undisclosed
Further Information Released
Complaint 5/20/2011

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database