Boeing CEO Admits Employees Retaliated Against Whistleblowers Amid Ongoing Safety Scandals

Boeing CEO Admits Employees Retaliated Against Whistleblowers Amid Ongoing Safety Scandals
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Boe­ing CEO Dave Cal­houn admit­ted before the Sen­ate that employ­ees have retal­i­at­ed against whistle­blow­ers bring­ing atten­tion to safe­ty issues at the air­craft man­u­fac­tur­er. This is the lat­est scan­dal for Boe­ing, which has faced ongo­ing prob­lems includ­ing soft­ware issues tied to fatal 737 Max crashes.

Dur­ing ques­tion­ing, Sen­a­tor Richard Blu­men­thal direct­ly asked Cal­houn if Boe­ing employ­ees had retal­i­at­ed against whistle­blow­ers. Cal­houn acknowl­edged it has hap­pened, though he did not pro­vide specifics on retal­i­a­tion or link it to the deaths of whistle­blow­ers John Bar­nett and Joshua Dean.

Cal¬≠houn said the com¬≠pa¬≠ny has poli¬≠cies against retal¬≠i¬≠a¬≠tion but that per¬≠for¬≠mance is ‚Äúnev¬≠er per¬≠fect.‚ÄĚ Sen¬≠a¬≠tors slammed Boe¬≠ing‚Äôs safe¬≠ty cul¬≠ture and lack of account¬≠abil¬≠i¬≠ty. Blu¬≠men¬≠thal not¬≠ed 346 peo¬≠ple died due to a faulty MCAS sys¬≠tem Boe¬≠ing knew could cause crashes.

Before tes­ti­mo­ny, Cal­houn apol­o­gized to fam­i­lies of vic­tims but his respons­es angered sen­a­tors. Boe­ing has faced mul­ti­ple inves­ti­ga­tions over safe­ty and qual­i­ty issues. The sub­com­mit­tee released a report with alle­ga­tions from whistle­blow­er Sam Mohawk of installing faulty parts and pres­sur­ing him to con­ceal issues.

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