A former Boeing unit was sued by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission over allegations that Boeing Electron Dynamic Devices refused to...

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A former Boeing unit was sued by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission over allegations that Boeing Electron Dynamic Devices refused to hire a black woman because of her race.

The Los Angeles federal court lawsuit also names as a defendant an L-3 Communications Holdings unit that bought the Boeing division in February, the EEOC said in a statement.

Boeing spokesman Ken Mercer said he hasn’t seen the suit and was unable to comment immediately.

Abby Cohen, a spokeswoman for New York-based L-3 Communications, said the company doesn’t comment on litigation in progress.

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Electron Dynamic Devices, based in Torrance, Calif., makes satellite and military components.

It repeatedly passed over the woman for positions for which she was qualified, the EEOC said. Attempts to settle the case before filing a lawsuit failed, the commission said.

Boeing is a defendant in nine employee-discrimination suits filed from June 1998 to January 2005, according to Boeing’s annual regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Of the nine cases, two involve black people — one in a limited-class-action lawsuit in Seattle and another case seeking class-action status in Chicago consisting of individuals excluded from the Seattle case.