Tue, Nov 23, 2004
Engineer Claimed He Was Wrongly Turned Down As Test Pilot
A 59-year old engineer at Boeing's
Wichita plant said his age and his Cuban heritage were the reasons
the company denied him a job as a test pilot in 2001 -- and last
week, a federal jury agreed.
The jury in Wichita, KS, awarded Mario Goico $2.5 million --
$370,000 in what he would have been paid as a test pilot, $31,000
in back pay and $625,000 for his pain and suffering. The jury also
slapped Chicago-based Boeing with $1.5 in punitive damages.
Goico, a Republican state representative from Wichita, said,
"I'm glad I went over there and I showed the facts of the case and
the jurors saw the truth of what had occurred."
Boeing spokesman Dick Ziegler said the company was "very
disappointed" in the verdict, but gave no indication whether the
aerospace giant will appeal.
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