Boeing Cleared After KKK Photo Led to Firings
Two white men and a Native American who said they were fired after a black co-worker cajoled them into dressing like the KKK cannot sue Boeing, a federal judge ruled.
The dispute stems from a photo reported in May 2012 of three fair-skinned aircraft painters in white, robe-like paint suits and pointed hoods with horizontal ovals exposing their eyes. Two of the men pictured are holding makeshift wooden crosses about a foot high. They took the photo while working at the Boeing paint shop in Ridley Park, Pa.
Equal Employment Opportunity investigation officer Thomas Ceredes ultimately found that the trio - Zachary Barker, who is Native American, and Francis Boyd Jr. and David Smith, who are white - had violated Boeing’s harassment policy.
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