Fired manager files $3 million suit over his dismissal

March 21, 1995|By From Staff Reports

A former Westinghouse manager is suing the company in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, alleging he was fired in 1991 because he is black.

Thomas B. Corbin of the 4000 block of Huckleberry Row in Ellicott City claims he was fired Dec. 30, 1991, because of his race and not because of his performance as an operations program manager.

Mr. Corbin started at the company in 1973 and was promoted to management in 1986, according to the suit.

In 1988, he was assigned to work under a supervisor who treated him "disfavorably compared with the other managers, who were all white," the suit says.

"White managers with comparable qualifications and work records . . . were not terminated in connection with the reduction of work force," the suit says.

The suit seeks $3 million in compensatory and punitive damages and alleges violations of Mr. Corbin's civil rights.

It was originally filed April 5, 1994, in Baltimore Circuit Court, but was transferred yesterday to Anne Arundel County because Westinghouse is in Linthicum.

Jack M. Martin Jr., a Westinghouse spokesman, said "as a company policy we do not comment on matters in litigation."

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