Raytheon Technologies under federal investigation


The investigation focused on “alleged hiring restrictions” between Pratt & Whitney and some of its outsourced engineering suppliers. However, the subpoena also included claims involving Collins Aerospace, a subsidiary of Raytheon, according to the report.

Raytheon said it was cooperating with the investigation. No criminal charges have been filed against the company, Raytheon said in the report.

The company received a grand jury subpoena in late 2019 as part of a Justice Department criminal investigation into “alleged agreements not to solicit or hire employees in violation of federal antitrust laws,” says The report.

On December 15, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut filed an indictment against a former Pratt & Whitney employee and other employees of outsourced engineering vendors accusing them each of violating federal antitrust laws.

An unsealed criminal complaint alleged that a former Pratt & Whitney director, Glastonbury resident Mahesh Patel, had participated “in a long-running conspiracy with directors and officers of several outsourced engineering providers…to restrict the hiring and recruitment of engineers and other qualified persons. workers between their respective companies”, according to A press release of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut

Raytheon, based in Waltham, Mass., employs about 16,000 people in Connecticut.

“Given the importance of large defense and aerospace companies to Connecticut’s economy, it is vital that this industry’s job market remains fair, open and competitive for our workers,” said Peter Jongbloed, head of the Connecticut US National Security Attorney’s Office. and the Cybercrime Unit, in December. “No one should be illegally denied the opportunity to get better jobs, higher pay and greater benefits.”

Raytheon said no current or former Collins Aerospace employees were named in the indictment.

That same month, a few Connecticut attorneys filed federal class actions against Pratt & Whitney, as well as several other aerospace engineering companies, alleging that the companies were conspiring to “restrict competition” within the industry’s workforce, according to previous reports.

Raytheon said it expects all lawsuits “to eventually be consolidated into one common complaint.”

“We believe that each of these lawsuits is without merit,” the company said, adding that it does not believe “this matter will have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition or liquidity.” .


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