By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM
They make nuclear parts and were involve with numerous "secret" safety relief valve problom in the nuclear industry...
LOS ANGELES (CN)- Curtiss-Wright fired a longtime machine operator for refusing to lie about its practice of falsifying safety tests for commercial and military aircraft parts, the former employee claims in court.
Martin Caraballo sued Metal Improvement Company (MIC) and its parent company, Curtiss-Wright Corporation, in Federal Court.
Caraballo claims he was fired after he told an MIC attorney that if he were asked, he would tell the truth in a whistleblower lawsuit about the company's practice and encouragement of skirting required safety tests for commercial and military aircraft parts.
Caraballo worked for the defendants for 35 years, he says in his wrongful-termination lawsuit.
MIC's primary business is "shot peening" parts, which "involves shooting round metal balls at a designated part to reduce imperfections in the part and strengthen the metal of the part so that it does not fail under stress. In order to achieve this process, MIC's customers designate the type of shot that is to be used on a particular part, and the desired intensity at which the shot must strike the metal surface of the part. A customers' designation of the shot and intensity is called a specification," Caraballo says in the complaint.