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Boeing fired 65 employees and disciplined 53 over racist conduct

Boeing has fired 65 employees and disciplined 53 for racist and hateful conduct after CEO implemented zero-tolerance policy in the wake of George Floyd’s death

  • Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun implemented a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy in June 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd murder last summer
  • ‘There is no place for hate within our company, and we will keep expecting the best from everyone in their interactions with one another,’ Calhoun said 
  • 66.8% of Boeing’s current employees are white, while 6.4% are black, 14.2% are of Asian descent, 7% are Hispanic, and 3.6% listed as ‘more’
  • Calhoun says the company aims to increase black representation in it’s workforce by 20% in the U.S. by 2025

In the last year alone, aerospace company Boeing has fired 65 employees and disciplined 53 others over racist, discriminatory and hateful behavior, the company reported on Friday.  

The disciplinary actions came as a result of Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy implemented in June 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd murder. 

‘As we have witnessed horrific images in the news and heard heartbreaking stories from our people, our determination to advance equity, diversity and inclusion has only become stronger,’ Calhoun told employees in a report.

‘There is no place for hate within our company, and we will keep expecting the best from everyone in their interactions with one another,’ he added. 

Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun (pictured) says ‘There is no place for hate within our company, and we will keep expecting the best from everyone in their interactions with one another’

The company also outlined it’s plans to diversity it’s workforce in it’s August 2020 ‘Racial Equity Action Plan’.

In a bid for more transparency to keep the company ‘accountable’ Boeing also released a detailed report of its hiring demographics. 

That report revealed that of the company’s 140,000 employees, 66.8% are white, while 6.4% are black, 14.2% are of Asian descent, 7% are Hispanic, and 3.6% listed as ‘more.’ 

Additional data shows that 79.2% of the company’s executives are white, 6.5% black, 8.3% Asian and 4% Hispanic. 

Calhoun says the company aims to increase black representation in it’s workforce by 20% in the U.S. by 2025.

‘This work is a business imperative for us, because diversity and inclusion make us better in every way; when everyone has a voice, everyone is inspired to succeed together,’ the report said. 

‘As we resolve to do better, the gaps we see in our representation show us where we must focus our efforts to address disparities,’ the report added. 

The company culture shift comes as Boeing is currently in the midst of a racial discrimination lawsuit.

The aerospace company is planning to increase black representation in it’s workforce by 20% in the U.S. by 2025.

The disciplinary actions came as a result of Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy implemented in June 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd (pictured) murder

 A black employee is suing the aerospace company claiming a hostile work environment in a South Carolina plant. 

The employee claims that a company supervisor assigned African-American employees to work in ‘undesirable’ and hazardous areas of a plant while white employees were sent to more ‘desirable’ locations, Forbes reported. 

Boeing denies the allegations. 

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