March 6, 2014
The federal government is suing General Electric, accusing the company of racial bias at its Winchester plant.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit in federal court in Harrisonburg. The suit alleges that a black mechanic at GE's Winchester lamp plant was denied a promotion in 1999 because of his race. The suit claims that a less-qualified white employee got the job.
EEOC attorney Juan Carlos Hunt identified the black employee as Kim Christian. He still works for GE but wants the promotion and back pay.
The suit also alleges that Christian was denied a promotion in retaliation for taking part in an internal study of discrimination at the plant.
G-E employs about 2,500 people in Virginia.