Wash. (Legal Newsline) - Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson
announced March 24 that Mukilteo-based aerospace company Electroimpact will pay
$485,000 after allegations of discrimination and retaliation, as well as unfair
and deceptive advertising.
to Ferguson’s office, the company and President Peter Zieve refused to hire
Muslim applicants, committed religious and national origin harassment and
discriminated against employees because of their marital status. Additionally,
Electroimpact would purportedly retaliate against employees who opposed its
conduct outlined in our complaint is outrageous,” Ferguson said.
“Discriminating against workers and retaliating against anyone who questions it
Zieve’s discrimination, 94.5 percent of the company’s 474 engineers are white.
Ferguson’s office argued that this fact makes Electroimpact’s claim to be an “equal
opportunity employer” false advertising.
to the monetary penalty, Electroimpact and Zieve agreed to various changes to
its business practices. Zieve can no longer participate in evaluating potential
employees unless they are for management positions. The company also will
provide annual training to employees about rights guaranteed by the Washington
Law Against Discrimination and the Consumer Protection Act.