Black Workers Sue Contractor Over Katrina Cleanup

Law360, New York (April 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A group of 47 black men and women have filed a lawsuit against a subcontractor hired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to clean up debris left by Hurricane Katrina, demanding damages for the company’s allegedly discriminatory policies in hiring, training and promoting workers.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, stems from a class action launched against subcontractor Evans Environmental & Geosciences LLC and contractor Phillips & Jordan Inc. in February 2006.

In December, the judge granted...
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