Is your electric company still in the dark?
Allegations of race, sex, and age discrimination
and sexual harassment at Detroit
Female employees say that supervisors called them derogatory names, viewed
pornography in their presence, and touched them inappropriately.
African American employees say they were exposed to racially offensive
jokes and feared they would be retaliated against if they complained.
According to the lawsuit, Arab Americans have also been called derogatory
African Americans and other minorities hold less than 12% of Edison’s power
plant jobs, according to the lawsuit. Over 98% of plant management is white.
Hangman’s nooses were hung in the plants near locations where African Americans
work, say employees.
A history of discrimination:
1971- The first class action lawsuit is filed against Edison for
race discrimination. At the time, the company employed about 12,000
workers. The lawsuit alleged that fewer than 400 were black and they
held low-level jobs.
1975- The suit filed in 1971 is settled for $5 million. More
African Americans and women are hired throughout the company.
1993- A class action suit is filed on behalf of minorities, women,
and older workers who were demoted or terminated during a company reorganization.
1997- Three more class action lawsuits for race, national origin,
age and sex discrimination are filed
1998- Three lawsuits are settled on behalf of 3,500 white-collar
workers for $17 million.
1998- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
finds Detroit Edison guilty of sex discrimination practices, and fined
the company $500,000.
1998- A class action suit is filed on behalf of women, minorities,
and older workers, who were not involved in the reorganization (see 1993)
and held mostly blue collar jobs.
. . . not one Detroit Edison manager or supervisor has been fired as
a result of these allegations and lawsuits.
Detroit Edison CEO Anthony Early, Jr. has said about these allegations,
“I can’t fix what went wrong 15 or 20 years ago. I’m sorry they occurred.”
Plant workers allege that harassment and discrimination is still occurring
Tell : Detroit Edison and Anthony Early that harassment and discrimination
are bad business and bad for business!
Anthony Early, Jr., CEO
2000 2nd Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226-1279
Circulate and sign the petition to
“Stop harassment and discrimination at Detroit Edison!”
Show: Detroit Edison that you won’t tolerate workplace abuses.
Soon you will have a choice of power companies. Beginning September 20,
1999 Detroit Edison customers will be able to choose their utility suppliers.
When you choose your power company, make an enlightened choice.
Help NOW put the spotlight on harassment and discrimination.
NOW, 733 Fifteenth Street, NW, Second Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005 202-628-8669
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