Dozens of minority Woodward employees opened up, alleging the doors of opportunity were closed more for them than white employees.
And after three years of investigating, the federal agency for civil rights laws agrees.
In a letter to the company, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, claimed that Woodward minority employees were paid less, promoted slower, and left out more for training positions than white employees.
Woodward officials say they strongly disagree with the EEOC’s position. Among the company's options are responding within 14 days to the agency's satisfaction, or settling out of court. The EEOC could also file a lawsuit.
Now, this comes while a Chicago law firm is involved in a similar class action lawsuit against Woodward. About 90 minority employees are in the suit. An attorney representing the employees say the EEOC’s allegations strengthen their case against Woodward.
Woodward governor, meanwhile, released a statement.
"Woodward believes that when all the facts are fairly considered the allegations of unlawful discrimination will not be upheld. Woodward consistently respects the civil rights of all of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex or other protected groups.
The Chicago law firm involved in a class action law suit against Woodward governor will wrap up their evidence findings on Jan. 6. A final status hearing is scheduled for January 19.