Boeing, Onex Hit with Age Discrimination Charge

June 17, 2005 ( - Aircraft maker Boeing and the Canadian investment firm that purchased its facilities in Wichita and Oklahoma have been accused of age discrimination as part of the deal.

The Wichita law firm of Shores, Williamson & Ohaebosim said the suit would allege that Boeing and Onex have targeted workers over 40 years old for downsizing as they carried out the transaction for the Wichita facility and plants in Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma, the Wichita Eagle newspaper reported.

In a letter to Boeing employees, attorney Lawrence Williamson said the law firm planned to file an administrative charge alleging age discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) next week. By law, the plaintiffs must wait 60 days after filing the charge with the EEOC before filing a lawsuit in US District Court, Williamson said.

‘s letter to Boeing and Onex advises them to preserve all relative documents. It also asked that any documents regarding “Project Lloyd,” Boeing’s code name for the sale, and documents regarding the negotiations, studies, surveys, statistics, case studies and surveys regarding the sale or the issue of reducing costs dating from 1999 be preserved.