The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Jessup-based demolition contractor for allegedly discriminating against 162 Hispanic and African American workers.
The lawsuit filed with the department's Office of Administrative Law Judges alleges that between 2011 and 2012, Potomac Abatement Inc. forced 145 Hispanic employees into lower-paying jobs and harassed them because of their race, and terminated 17 African American workers because of their race.
Potomac Abatement denied any wrongdoing.
"Potomac Abatement is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action in the workplace and takes pride in being a high-quality, specialty contractor for various government agencies. Potomac regrets that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has chosen not to recognize the significant actions Potomac has taken to diversify its workforce and has chosen instead to file an administrative complaint," the company said in a statement.
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