Private Sector / Industry
GE illegally terminated her in 2019 after raising concerns over discrimination and cybersecurity violations. After her experience at GE, she began reaching out to other current and former GE employees, asking about their experience at the company. Soon, she had gathered hundreds of stories, revealing the systemic nature of the abuse.
In June 2020, Ms. Horne filed a complaint with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. After a year-long investigation, it determined that GE Aviation had indeed discriminated and retaliated against her. The case was sent to the Ohio Attorney General's Office who filed a lawsuit against GE Aviation on Horne's behalf. A public hearing regarding the case has been scheduled for January 2022.
Knowing that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission only addresses individual complaints, she brought these stories of abuse to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) pleading for them to initiate a systemic investigation. Her pleas ended up falling on deaf ears as the OFCCP responded by saying they would only perform individual investigations at GE. In addition, the EEOC, which enforces federal discrimination laws, has yet to respond to Horne's request.
Ms. Horne has exposed decades of systemic discrimination and fraud occurring at General Electric. Despite threats, intimidation, and retaliation from the company, she rallied hundreds of other GE victims to tell their stories and pursue legal action.
To date, investigations have been opened by the OFCCP, EEOC, and OSHA. Recently, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission found that Ms. Horne was indeed retaliated against for her actions. As a result, the Ohio Attorney General's Office is now pursuing charges against GE.
Ms. Horne also exposed how GE uses its forced arbitration process to silence victims and hide their decades of misconduct.