Boeing and Airbus Group tooling supplier Electroimpact have been fined $485,000 after an investigation yielded it had a discriminatory hiring policy.
Boeing and Airbus use Electroimpact robotic machines throughout their jetliner factories, including to help make wings for their top-selling 737 and A320 single-aisle aircraft.
An investigation found evidence that Electroimpact and its founder refused to hire Muslim applicants and “engaged in religious and/or national origin harassment.”
Electroimpact founder Peter Zieve had the primary responsibility for screening applicants and conducting final interviews, according to reports.
About 95% of Electroimpact’s 474 engineers are white, the statement said, citing a report to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Electroimpact said that it did not conform to the personal views of its founder and that Zieve was no longer involved in the company’s hiring process.
Boeing plans to use Electroimpact machines to help make wings for its forthcoming twin-aisle 777X aircraft.
Other Electroimpact equipment is also used in construction and assembly of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner carbon fiber composite fuselage sections.
Airbus in a statement noted the diversity of its team around the world and said it values the benefits that different cultures bring.
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