Westinghouse, Northrop Grumman settle age discrimination lawsuits
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Westinghouse Electric Corp. and Northrop Grumman have agreed to pay $14 million to settle age discrimination lawsuits filed by fired workers at two plants.
The settlement Friday affects 807 workers who were dismissed between 1991 and 1996. They lost their jobs as the company drastically cut back in response to sharp reductions in the government’s military spending.
The employees, ranging in age from the 40s to the 60s, ``were highly qualified, generally more qualified than the younger workers which Westinghouse retained,″ the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a 1993 lawsuit.
The settlement covers that lawsuit and others filed by the employees.
Westinghouse was accused of knowingly discriminating against older workers based on their age, higher salaries and pension eligibility. Some of the employees were earning $70,000 a year or more.
Neither Westinghouse nor Northrop acknowledged wrongdoing. Northrop bought the two plants last year.