Washington Post

FAA proposes $1.25 million fine for Boeing, says managers pressured employees to rush inspections


WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining Boeing $1.25 million, alleging that senior managers at the company's plant in South Carolina pressured employees to rush aircraft inspections and in at least one instance retaliated against a worker who reported the harassment.

In a pair of letters sent to the company Wednesday, the FAA cited several incidents in which Boeing appeared to violate rules designed to insulate employees who conduct safety inspections on behalf of the agency from harassment and "undue pressure" from those outside their specialized unit. Boeing allowed managers who were not part of the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) unit to oversee the work of employees who were, another violation of the company's agreement with the FAA, the agency said...

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