NAACP charges Hughes violates hiring guidelines

August 04, 1993|By New York Times News Service

LOS ANGELES -- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is accusing Hughes Aircraft Co. of violating federal guidelines that require government contractors to diversify their work forces and management.

Officials of the civil rights group said they would present evidence at a news conference in Washington today that Hughes, which employs 55,000 people, has only two black vice presidents and that blacks are grossly underrepresented in its work force.

The move by the NAACP reflects its new strategy of scrutinizing industries that do business with the federal government to assure that they comply with affirmative-action requirements.

In the case of Hughes, the NAACP said yesterday that of the 1,000 people employed at the Hughes Network Systems facility in Germantown, only 16 are black. The NAACP said that it had received numerous calls from black Hughes employees who contend that they have been discriminated against on the job.

A former manager, who is black, is suing Hughes over his dismissal.

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