In an open letter to Boeing’s CEO, former employees allege that the company’s senior management at the time of the incidents failed to respond to the concerns raised by them, and in some cases engaged in retaliation.
“I am writing to you today to report my experience at Boeing in the last year,” the former employees wrote in the letter, which was posted on Wednesday.
“The last few years have been a dark period in the history of Boeing.
We all know the challenges that lie ahead for the company as we face a global economy facing challenges with both jobs and the environment.”
“The company has shown itself to be more than just an engine manufacturer, it has also shown itself as a leader in a global aviation sector that is critical to the global economy and our environment.
The company’s leadership has made tremendous strides in building an environment of trust and respect,” the letter continued.
“When we reported our concerns to you, you did nothing. “
However, at times it has appeared that you, the CEO, and your team of leaders are more concerned about the bottom line than the well-being of the people who work for you,” the employees said.
“When we reported our concerns to you, you did nothing.
You did nothing to address our concerns.
You and your staff continued to hire people who, while working in good faith, acted in a way that belittled the experience of our former colleagues and created a climate that made it difficult to continue to perform our job.”
“We believe that you and your leadership team have failed your employees,” the statement continued.
The letter was signed by more than two dozen former Boeing employees, with many of them alleging they were pressured to stay silent by senior management.
It alleges that the former executives were encouraged to keep quiet because they could not win the trust of the former workers.
“It is my understanding that some of your employees may have lost their jobs or their jobs in other industries because of this.
As a result, they were not willing to speak out publicly about the incidents, but were forced to do so for fear of retaliation,” the group wrote.
“We are deeply disturbed by the way you and the company have treated our former employees, and we are deeply troubled that you would tolerate this behavior when we were trying to hold you accountable for the actions of your own employees.”
The group said the letter was meant to “set an example for you and those around you.”
“Birds of a feather flock together,” the members wrote.
The allegations against the former Boeing executives come on the heels of another report from the New York Times that revealed a culture at the company that allowed sexual harassment and harassment allegations against senior employees to be made anonymously, despite the fact that it had been investigated by the government.
According to the Times, former executives who worked for Boeing in 2014 were allegedly encouraged to speak with the paper about their complaints against their former employers.
They were also encouraged to lie about their allegations to gain the attention of the government, which would then have access to the information.
The Times said in a statement to Business Insider that the report was not an accurate reflection of the behavior at the helm of the company.
“There are a few things I think people are missing in this story: that Boeing is a large and diverse company, and that Boeing does not have a culture of silence,” the company said in the statement.
“For decades, Boeing has built an exceptional aerospace industry, one where our employees can thrive in a competitive environment.
Today, we are witnessing an environment in which the company continues to treat its employees like garbage.”
“This is a company that has worked hard to build a culture that respects everyone,” the airline industry’s largest company said.
Boeing, the parent company of United, Delta, and American, is expected to file for bankruptcy protection in the next few months, following the filing of a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission.