MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 12 (UPI) -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Lockheed Martin failed to stop a racially hostile environment before a 2003 Mississippi shooting spree.
Lawyers for the estate of a black employee at the company's Meridian, Miss., facility released the EEOC findings Monday.
The black employee, Lynette McCall, was one of 14 fellow employees shot by Doug Williams. McCall and Samuel Cockrell Jr. were killed.
The commission found that Williams was allowed to create a "racially hostile work environment" at the Meridian facility, and though Lockheed was aware of the problem it took no "reasonable steps" to end it.
The EEOC found Lockheed was in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and knew the severity and extent of the environment created by Williams, which included threats to kill African-American employees.
Lawyers for the McCall and Cockrell estates, and Alvin Collyer, who was seriously injured in the shootings, filed a complaint July 1 in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, Ala., seeking damages for the deaths and injuries.
A July 7 letter from EEOC official Benjamin Bradley announced the commission's findings and suggested both sides engage in conciliation meetings overseen by the commission.
The Lockheed plant makes fighter jets.