Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)
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.
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